Somalia Battles Cholera Outbreak

South-South Governors Take Proactive Measures to Contain Cholera Outbreak

Governors in Nigeria’s South-South region have activated emergency response centers to prevent a potential cholera outbreak in their states. Although no confirmed cases have been reported in Cross River, Akwa Ibom, and Rivers states, the governments are taking proactive measures to sensitize residents and prevent the spread of the disease.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has reported 1,141 suspected cases, 65 confirmed cases, and 30 deaths from cholera in 30 states between January 1 and June 11. Cholera is a highly infectious bacterial disease caused by contaminated water and food.

The health commissioners of the three states have assured residents that no confirmed cases have been reported, but they are taking measures to prevent any eventual outbreak. These measures include sensitization campaigns, surveillance, and deployment of medical supplies to prone areas.

Residents are advised to maintain good hygiene habits, such as drinking clean water, eating well-cooked food, washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly, and avoiding open defecation. They are also urged to report any cholera-related symptoms to the nearest health facility promptly.

The state governments are working closely with the World Health Organisation, NCDC, and other stakeholders to ensure the health and well-being of their citizens.