The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 46 new deaths linked to suspected cholera cases were recorded in the country in the past one week.
The NCDC said this via its officially verified website on Tuesday morning, stating that the situation report was published based on data sent in by the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, for the respective reporting week.
It stated that eight states accounted for the new cholera fatalities.
The public health agency, in its epidemiological report for Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, said a total of 2,323 people had so far died as a result of suspected cholera infections in 25 states and the federal capital territory (FCT), since the beginning of 2021.
It stated that 1,677 cholera infections were recorded in 12 states within the period of one-week , bringing the total suspected cases to 69,925 as at Sept. 5.
“In the reporting week, 12 states reported 1,677 suspected cases – Bauchi (566), Katsina (282), Sokoto (258), Yobe (183), Borno (179), Niger (94), Kaduna (66), Adamawa (34), Gombe (8), Kano (4), Kebbi (2), and Nasarawa (1),” the report said.
“There was a 58% decrease in the number of new suspected cases in week 35 (1,667) compared with week 34 (3,992).
“Of the cases reported, there were 46 deaths from Borno (13), Sokoto (12), Katsina (8), Bauchi (6), Niger (3), Kaduna (2), Adamawa (1) and Kano (1) states with a weekly case fatality ratio (CFR) of 2.7%.
“Twenty-five states and the FCT have reported suspected cholera cases in 2021.
These are Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ekiti, Enugu, FCT, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Osun, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, and Zamfara.
“As at Sept. 5, 2021, a total of 69,925 suspected cases, including 2,323 deaths (CFR 3.3%) have been reported from 25 states and FCT in 2021.
“Two new states (Osun and Ekiti) reported cases, though with dates of onset in weeks prior to week 35,” it explained.
The NCDC added that the national multi-sectoral EOC activated at level 02 continued to coordinate the national response.
Cholera is a waterborne disease with a high risk of transmission where there are poor sanitation and disruption of clean water supply.
The wrong disposal of refuse and practices, such as open defecation, endanger the safety of water used for drinking and for personal use, thereby leading to the spread of water-borne diseases such as cholera, and without proper WASH, Nigeria remained at risk of cholera cases and deaths.
In another development, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has recorded 387 additional COVID-19 infections in 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The centre posted the figure on its Facebook page on Tuesday morning.
The 387 represent an increase from the 365 cases reported on Sunday.
The public health agency noted that with 21 COVID-19- related deaths recorded, the death toll has increased to 2,619.
The NCDC said Delta variant was the dormant variant circulating in Nigeria, pointing out that it was much more contagious than other COVID-19 variants.
The centre urged people who have yet to be vaccinated to do so and called on all Nigerians to use face mask.
“Everyone in areas of substantial high transmission should wear a mask, even if vaccinated,” it advised.
The NCDC said that the number of active coronavirus infections had again risen to 10,135, an increase from 8, 492 reported on Monday.
The centre, however, did not indicate if the majority of the known active cases were of the Delta variant.
According to the NCDC, of the 387 infections, Lagos recorded 114, Rivers 91, the FCT 32, Edo 31 and Delta 28.
Kwara recorded 20, Bayelsa 18, Akwa Ibom 15, Oyo 10, Osun 8, Gombe 5, Plateau 5, Ekiti 4, Ogun 3, Kano 2 and Kaduna 1.
According to the NCDC, Nigeria as of Sept. 13, successfully treated 188, 427 COVID-19 patients.
It, however, noted that Nigeria’s COVID-19 cases jumped to 199,538 on Monday