The Federal Capital Territory Administration says it has recorded a total of 604 suspected cases of cholera in the six area councils with 54 deaths and 9 positive cases for cholera recorded on rapid diagnostic test.
Minister of State for FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani
Aliyu, made this known in Abuja during a community sensitization flag off on cholera and other severe acute diarrhea diseases outbreaks in Abuja.
At the ceremony held at the palace of Agora of Zuba, the minister expressed concerns over the increasing number of suspected cases, and urged residents to cultivate hygienic culture.
The minister further revealed that over 120 communities are involved across the six area councils with the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) having the highest cases followed by Gwagalada and Bwari area councils respectively.
According to her, some of the communities involved in Gwagwalada include Zuba, Shenagu, Katse 1 & 2, Tunga Gaya, Chitumu, Yimi, Ikwa, Tunga-Maje, Anagada amongst others.
Dr. Aliyu therefore called for proper disposal of sewage and refuse, good hand washing practices and consumption of safe water as means of curbing further spread of the disease.
“Behavioral changes and improved sanitation and quick access to treatmen, boil your water before drinking with a cup.” Dr Aliyu advised.
In his remarks, the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, who was represented by the Ag. Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr. Mohamed Kawu, said the Secretariat was working with development partners and in collaboration with the six area councils to curb the spread.