Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has placed Abuja residents on high alert following a reported outbreak of cholera. 514 suspected cases have been recorded.

Finding revealed that 45 deaths have also been recorded so far. But the authorities are claiming something different.

A statement issued on Friday by the Senior Special Assistance (media) to the FCT Minister, Abubakar Sani, said: “Out of this number, eight laboratory investigations were confirmed to be cholera.”

Sani said continuous surveillance on communities with suspected cases are being conducted in all the communities in the six area councils of the FCT to confirm the prevalence of cholera.

The FCTA, Sani said has taken several measures to stop the spread of cholera as well as provide the highest level of care to those affected by the disease.

“As at 8th July, 2021, the FCT has recorded 514 suspected cases. Out of this number, eight laboratory investigations were confirmed to be cholera.

“The FCT administration is also working very closely with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency on all the important interventions to end the scourge of the disease in the territory,” he said.

On what FCTA is further doing to curtain the spread, he said: “Some of the measures already taken from early May 2021 when we started having the diarrheal disease in the FCT are:  Formation of Cholera Emergency Operation Centres and appointment of an Incidence Manager and other relevant medical personnel along with stakeholders from the FCT Water Board, Abuja Environmental Protection Board, Rural Water and Sanitation Agency [RUWASA) etc, who are also in the team.

“Prepositioning of drugs and consumables for the free treatment of all identified cases in both secondary and primary care facilities of the FCT, and  provision of free potable water through water tankers from the FCT Water Board to all affected communities.

“Training and sensitization of health care providers in both secondary and primary healthcare facilities including some private ones.”

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