NCDC attributes 3,604 Cholera’s deaths in 2021 to states’ denial

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NCDC confirms 3,208 deaths from cholera in 31 states, FCT ― NCDC
NCDC confirms 3,208 deaths from cholera in 31 states, FCT ― NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has attributed states’ delay in acknowledging outbreak of cholera as the leading cause of high fatality rate in 2021.

The number of cases reported nationally in 2021 was 111,062 with 3,604 deaths across the country as it exceeded the number of cases reported in 2020.

The Incident Manager, NCDC, Dr Sebastian Yennan, said this at the ongoing Cholera Preparedness, Prevention and Response Training for Stakeholders in Abuja.

He said that history had shown that states never loved to be associated with cholera, a general belief that it was a disease of the poor, which brought about restrictions.

“They believe it is a disease of the poor; it is a disease that brings out regulations and so many other things.

“So many of our states are not doing much as it relates to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in our states, when an outbreak of cholera comes; it is very difficult for states to acknowledge,” he…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper