Cholera Kills 7 In Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Thursday confirmed that seven persons have died from the outbreak of cholera in the territory.

Acting Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr Mohammed Kawu, who disclosed this to newsmen, said 91 suspected cases have so far been recorded.

He explained that the seven deaths were recorded at Wassa community (IDP camp) in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).

According to Kawu, no death has been reported in Bwari and Gwagwalada Area Councils.

He said since May 2021, FCT began to receive reports of sporadic cases of gastroenteritis in some communities.

Kawu added: “A total of 91 suspected cases have so far been enlisted with 7 deaths in AMAC; no death in Gwagwalada and Bwari Area Councils.

Out of these, three of the cases tested positive for cholera using the rapid diagnostic test kit”

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The acting secretary said the FCT Heath Secretariat through the Department of Public Health has intensified surveillance in the communities and health authorities have also directed the area councils to do the same.

He also disclosed that RDT test kits, drugs and consumables have been provided in some of the health facilities