Cholera outbreak: NCDC records 82 suspected cases in Adamawa, Bauchi, Katsina.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, yesterday said no fewer than 82 cases of suspected cholera had been recorded from seven local government areas in Adamawa, Bauchi and Katsina.

The agency gave the breakdown of affected state as Adamawa 60 cases, Bauchi two cases and Katsina 20 cases.

The Director-General of the council, Mr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said out of the 82 suspected cases, 36 were confirmed in laboratory and one death recorded.

Ihekweazu noted that the Cholera Technical Working Group, TWG, had continued to coordinate activities in states, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, FMWR, and support from partners. According to him, the Adamawa Emergency Operations Centre, EOC, was leading the response to cases in the state.

The Director-General said Rapid Diagnostic Test kits, RDTs were distributed to local government councils by Disease Surveillance Notification Officers (DSNOs) for prompt test and action, saying: “DSNOs and health facilities in high-risk areas and the TWG members, with a team from John Hopkins University, visited four states to conduct training on the use of measles RDTs. They planned to follow up to ensure continued vigilance and early reporting. They also planned to conduct level training on sample management and RDT testing for high priority states and conduct community sensitisation in Adamawa local government areas.”
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