16 states, FCT record 48 Cholera deaths in one week

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Deborah Tolu-Kolawole

The latest epidemiological report released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Monday revealed that 16 states and the Federal Capital Territory reported 2,127 suspected cases of cholera and 48 fatalities between August 23 and August 29, 2021.

The report read, “In the reporting week, 16 states plus FCT reported 2,127 suspected cases – Bauchi (855), Katsina (396), Kano (306), Yobe (162), Zamfara (80), Niger (78), Borno (67), Sokoto (45), Kaduna (41), Gombe (21), FCT (18), Kebbi (17), Adamawa (15), Taraba (13), Nasarawa (10), Plateau (2) and Jigawa (1)

“Of the suspected cases, there were 32 RDT confirmed cases from Adamawa (11), Katsina (8), Kaduna (7), Borno (4), Taraba (1) and Yobe (1). There were 32 culture-confirmed cases from Yobe (12), Adamawa (11), Katsina (8) and Borno (1).

“Of the cases reported, there were 48 deaths from Bauchi (10), Kano (7), Katsina (6), Taraba (5), Zamfara (4), Sokoto (4), Borno (4), Niger (3), Nasarawa (2), Kebbi (1), Yobe (1) and Kaduna (1) states with a case fatality ratio (CFR) of 2.3%.

“No new state reported cases in epi week 34.”

The national multi-sectoral EOC activated at level 02 continues to coordinate the national response.

It was further stated that as of September 2, 2021, a total of 65,145 suspected cases including 2,141 deaths (CFR 3.3%) have been reported from 23 states and FCT in 2021.

“There was a 62% decrease in the number of new suspected cases in week 33 (2,127) compared with week 32 (3,098), Bauchi (855), Katsina (396) and Kano (306) account for 73.2% of 2,127 suspected cases reported in week 34.

“Of the suspected cases since the beginning of the year, age group 5 – 14 years is the most affected age group for both male and female. Of all suspected cases, 51% are males and 49% are females.”

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