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Katsina leads as cholera kills 63 nationwide in one week

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Deborah Tolu-Kolawole

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Monday said cholera claimed 63 lives in the last one week in 10 states across the country.

According to the centre’s situation report published on its website, of the 63 fatalities, Katsina State took the lead with 14 deaths while Yobe State recorded seven deaths.

During the same period, 3,098 suspected cases were recorded in 23 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The period covers August 16 to 22, 2021.

According to the report 58,698 suspected cases have also been recorded in the country since the beginning of the year with 2,035 deaths.

The report partially reads, “In the reporting week, 12 states reported 3,098 suspected cases – Bauchi (1,145), Katsina (691), Zamfara (454), Yobe (216), Sokoto (196), Jigawa (187), Kano (80), Niger (79), Borno (30), FCT (11), Adamawa (6) and Kebbi (3).

“Of this, there were 35 RDT confirmed cases from Katsina (14), Yobe (7), Adamawa (6), Zamfara (4), Borno (2), Jigawa (1) and FCT (1).

“In addition, there were 63 deaths from Katsina (19), Bauchi (16), Niger (7), Zamfara (6), Jigawa (4), Sokoto (4), Borno (4), Yobe (1), Kano (1) and Adamawa (1) states.”

As part of its plans to curtail the rise of infections, the NCDC stated that it would “Continue monitoring epidemiological trend to guide ICG request for planned vaccination campaigns, plan training of state laboratory scientists on sample collection and analysis.

“Continue airing of Cholera jingles and distribution of IEC materials; continue media engagement meetings and training of journalists, other media professionals.

“Continued follow-up with states for the update on risk communication.”

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