Cholera: 22,130 Recorded Cases, 526 Deaths In 18 States, FCT
A total number of 22,130 suspected cases have been recorded and 526 people have died from the outbreak cholera disease which has reportedly affected 18 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as at 28 July, 2021.
This is contained in the Week 01-28 July, 2021 Situation Report of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on the fast-spreading contagious disease.
According to the NCDC Report, a total number of 22,130 suspected cases have been recorded since the beginning of the year, just as the disease has spread to 18 and the FCT.
The report indicated that the affected states include Benue, Delta, Zamfara, Gombe, Bayelsa, Kogi, Sokoto, Bauchi, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Kebbi, Cross River, Niger, Nasarawa, Jigawa, Yobe, Kwara and the FCT.
“A total of 22,130 suspected cases, including 526 deaths(CFR 2.4 per cent) have been reported from 18 states [Benue, Delta, Zamfara, Gombe, Bayelsa, Kogi, Sokoto, Bauchi, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Kebbi, Cross River, Niger, Nasarawa, Jigawa, Yobe, Kwara] and the FCT since the beginning of 2021.
“Of the reported cases, since the beginning of the year, 28 per cent are aged 5–14 years. Of all suspected cases, 51 per cent are males and 48 per cent are females.
“There has been a decrease in the number of news cases in the last two weeks (Bauchi 2,438), Kano (764) and Plateau (87) account for 91 per cent of 3,519 cases reported in the last two weeks (27 and 28).
“Since the beginning of the year, a total of 53 per cent samples have been collected with positive cases as follows- 182 positive only; 55 culture positive; 237 RDT and culture positive. The Test Positive Rate (TPR) laboratory confirmation by culture is 32.2 per cent,” the situation report stated.
Given a further highlight, the NCDC Cholera Situation Report also disclosed that, in the reporting week, six states and the FCT reported 1,634 news cases.
These include “Bauchi (1,074); Kano (443); Plateau (45); Zamfara (38); Kaduna (8); Sokoto (24) and the FCT (2). Of these, there are five RDT confirmed cases from Plateau (3) and Kaduna (2) states.
“No new cases were reported in Epi Week 28. A total number of 1,634 suspected cases were reported this week, representing a 13.3 per cent decrease compared to 1,885 cases recorded in Week 7,” the situation report added.
The NCDC however assured that the national multi-sectoral EOC activated at Level 02 has continue to coordinate the national response to the contagious cholera disease.
Cholera, an acute diarrhea and primarily a pipe-borne disease caused by bacteria called vibrio cholera, is a life-threatening disease which has further heightened the increasing reported spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the country.
Among the noticeable symptoms of cholera disease are nausea and vomiting, dehydration, kidney injury, passage of profuse pale and milky, watery stool and body weakness which can all lead to sudden death.