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FCTA Takes Proactive Measures to Prevent Cholera Outbreak in Schools

As schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) resume for the third term, the FCT Secondary Education Board has taken proactive steps to prevent the outbreak and spread of cholera in schools.

Director Sani Ladan emphasized the importance of sanitation, monitoring of food vendors, and provision of disinfectants, toilet papers, and hand washing points to ensure compliance with hygiene guidelines.

The board has also collaborated with the FCT Health, Human Services, and Environment Secretariat to ensure prompt response in case of any outbreak. Experts warn that poor sanitary conditions, lack of clean water, and inadequate cleaning supplies can lead to cholera infection, a highly contagious food and water-borne disease that can spread rapidly.

Symptoms include acute watery diarrhea, vomiting, and fever, and severe cases can lead to death within hours if left untreated. However, early detection and treatment with oral rehydration solution and antibiotics can successfully treat most cases.

The FCTA’s proactive measures come as Lagos State reports 350 suspected cases of cholera with 15 deaths, and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention records 65 confirmed cases with 30 deaths across 30 states. By prioritizing sanitation and hygiene, the FCTA aims to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for students.