The death toll from cholera and severe diarrhoea diseases outbreak has risen from 604 to 698 in the Federal Capital Territory and other states, The Federal Capital Territory Administration has confirmed.
This is just as the FCTA has revealed that it has intensified community sensitization to curb the spread.
Speaking at the continuation of the sensitisation on cholera and other acute diarrhoea diseases in Pyakasa and Gwagwa communities on Thursday in Abuja, the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, noted that suspected cases of cholera in the territory rose from 604 to 698 within 72 hours.
Represented by Dr Iwot Ndaeyo, the acting Executive Secretary of FCT Primary Health Care Board, the minister said that Abaji Area Council also recorded three suspected cases with no death.
She said that “Abuja Municipal Area Council recorded 281 suspected cases with 22 deaths and
Bwari Area Council recorded 134 suspected cases with 22 deaths.
“In Gwagwalada Area Council, 220 suspected cases with nine deaths were recorded, Kuje Area Council had
23 suspected cases with four deaths and Kwali Area Council recorded 37 suspected cases with three deaths.”
Aliyu described the trend as “unacceptable in the FCT”, adding that “the administration would not fold its hands and watch residents die helplessly over preventable diseases.
“We must take every necessary step to curb the further spread.”
She urged FCT residents and critical stakeholders to publicise the message of cholera prevention, proper sanitation with the practice of hand hygiene in their respective communities.