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Suspected Cholera cases, deaths on the increase in FCT, minister laments

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The Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has launched community awareness on cholera and other serious acute diarrhea infections epidemics in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The minister, in a report by The Independent, expressed concern about the rising number of suspected cases during the flag-off ceremony at the palace of Agora of Zuba.

She revealed that the FCT has recorded a total of 604 suspected cases of cholera in the six area councils since May 2021, with 54 deaths and 9 cases positive for cholera on rapid diagnostic test.

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.

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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.

She, however, advocated for good personal hygiene as well as proper disposal of sewage and refuse, good hand washing practices and consumption of safe water as means of curbing further spread of the disease in the territory.

“In addition, community engagements for positive behavioral changes and improved sanitation and quick access to treatment are essential.

“Protect your water source from contamination, boil your water before drinking with a clean cup, cooperate with health officials who will come to teach you home treatment of water for domestic use and drinking,” the minister stressed.

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She also revealed that as a matter of urgency, the Administration has taken several measures to stop further spread of the disease as well as provide adequate care to those affected.

The measures according to her include formation of Cholera Emergency Operation Centre, appointment of Incidence Manager and other relevant medical personnel along with stakeholders from the FCT Water Board and RUWASA, prepositioning of drugs and consumables for the free treatment of all identified cases in both secondary and primary healthcare facilities of the FCT amongst others.

In his remarks, the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola, who was represented by the Ag. Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Mohamed Kawu, stated that the Secretariat was working with development partners and in collaboration with the six area councils to curb the spread.

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He, however, commended the FCT minister of State for her leadership role and how to move board room resolutions to the field, stressing that her roles in successful community sensitization and mobilization in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Care, Universal Health Coverage activities, Wild Polio Virus Eradication and the ongoing COVID-19 preparedness and response in the FCT are appreciated by residents.

The Agora of Zuba, HRH. Muhammad Bello, chairman of Gwagwalada area council, Hon. Adamu Mustapha and representatives of development partners also gave goodwill messages at the occasion.

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