60 dead in Abuja cholera outbreak

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60 persons have died of cholera infections in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to the Minister of State for the federal capital territory, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu,suspected cases have risen from 604 to 698 within 72 hours.

She noted that Abaji Area Council recorded three suspected cases, no death, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) recorded 281 suspected cases with 22 deaths, while Bwari Area Council recorded 134 suspected cases with 22 deaths.

Also, Gwagwalada council recorded 220 suspected cases with nine deaths; Kuje had 23 suspected cases with four deaths and Kwali accounted for 37 suspected cases with three deaths.

The minister thereafter assured that the administration would not fold its hands and watch residents die helplessly over preventable diseases.

“We must take every necessary steps to curb further spread,” she said, urging residents and critical stakeholders to propagate the message of cholera disease prevention, proper sanitation with hand washing hygiene in their respective communities.

On his part, the Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido, reiterated the commitment of his council to curb the spread of the disease in communities adding that the Primary Health Care Department of the council had embarked on sensitization tour to all the four chiefdoms in the council to enlighten the traditional rulers and their subjects about outbreak and preventive measures.

Cholera first broke out in the Abuja Municipal Area Council on June 23, 2021 where at least seven out of the 91 suspected cases died.

 

 



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