Since January 2021, the country has been experiencing a cholera outbreak. Cholera occurrences have risen considerably in Nigeria, with epidemics focusing on several northern regions.
As of Saturday, September 4th, Twon Brass in Bayelsa recorded 12 suspected cases of cholera and one death since the occurrence.
Twon Brass’s Head of Primary Health Care is aware of the latest outbreak, according to a source, and has issued a message to the town crier notifying all residents of the sickness and the need for caution.
Residents are seeking help from health authorities and the government while the community is in mourning.
Nigeria has previously had big cholera outbreaks, including those in 1991, 2010, 2014, and 2017; nevertheless, the current outbreak’s epidemiological trends threaten to outstrip prior outbreaks’ mortality tolls.
Recall that, No fewer than 653 deaths have been recorded out of a total of 27,186 suspected cholera cases, from 22 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), an Epidemiological report by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has confirmed.
The report indicated that the figures were ascertained as of July 25, 2021, keeping the Case Fatality Rate at 1.1 per cent. The affected states are; Bayelsa, Benue, Delta, Zamfara, Gombe, Kogi, Sokoto, Bauchi, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Kebbi, Cross River, Nasarawa, Niger, Jigawa, Yobe, Kwara, Adamawa, Enugu, Katsina, Borno and FCT.
In the reporting week (July 19 to July 25, 2021), eight states reported 650 suspected cases; Bauchi (280), Jigawa (201), Kano (71), Zamfara (35), Enugu (30), Katsina (20), Borno (11) and Adamawa (2).
Out of the cases, there were seven deaths from Jigawa (4) and Zamfara (3).
The report further revealed that of the reporting cases since the beginning of the year, 27 per cent are aged five to 14 years while of all suspected cases, 51 per cent are males and 49 per cent are females.