Cholera claimed 2,791 Nigerians, 81,413 cases recorded in 28 states, FCT in 9 months, says NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that cholera had claimed 2,791 lives across 28 states and the Federal Capital Territory since the beginning of 2021.

The Director-General, NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, in Abuja, that a total of 81,413 suspected cases were recorded within the period of nine months.

Ihekweazu identified the affected states as Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ekiti, Enugu, FCT, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Osun, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, Rivers and Zamfara.

“As of 19th September 2021, a total of 81,413 suspected cases, including 2,791 deaths (CFR 3.4 per cent) have been reported from 28 states and FCT in 2021.

“Of the suspected cases since the beginning of the year, age group 5–14 years is the most affected age group for male and female,” he added.

The NCDC boss added that of all suspected cases, 50 per cent were males and 50 per cent, females.

Ihekweazu added that the national multi-sectoral EOC, activated at level 02, continues to coordinate the national response.

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