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Seven die as 91 contract cholera in FCT

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Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), yesterday, raised the alarm over 91 suspected cases of cholera in Abuja, and seven deaths recorded.

The Acting Secretary, Health and Human Service Secretariat of FCTA, Dr. Mohammed Kawo, while briefing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, said the severe faeco-gastro intestinal infection was reportedly enlisted in three area councils: Abuja Municipal, Bwari and Gwagwalada.

Kawo confirmed that the victims tested positive for cholera using the Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) kit, as they were from Municipal Area Council, while no death were recorded in Bwari and Gwagwalada.

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He said with the forgoing, the Health and Human Service Secretariat, through the Department of Public Health (DPH), intensified surveillance in the communities and directed the councils to do same.

“We have positioned some RDT test kits, drugs and consumables in some of our health facilities that have reported cases, and we are in the process of distributing them to these commodities with health facilities, including some key primary health centres.

“Community sensitisation on preventive measures are ongoing; in light of the foregoing, FCT residents are requested to report any case of diarrhoea to the nearest health facility or DPH,” Kawo said.

He urged the public to use clean, boiled and filtered water for domestic purposes.

“Most importantly, ensure that all food are properly washed and well cooked before consumption. Ensure that waste, especially faecal waste, are hygienically disposed off, while improving on general personal hygiene,” he advised.

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