Bwari Area Council allays fear of cholera outbreak

The Bwari Area Council Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory(FCT) has said necessary measures are being put in place to forestall further spread of cholera in the area.

The Head of Department of Health in the Council, Dr Sunday Goji, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday that the council had engaged traditional heads on the need to sensitise their subjects on hygiene.

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) had confirmed the death of seven people from the outbreak of cholera in four communities in the territory.

The breakdown revealed that two deaths each were recorded at Kubwa village, Mpape and Ushafa, while one was recorded at Sauka.

Goji said that the cases fit into the definition of cholera, but added that the council was awaiting final laboratory confirmation on some of the reported cases.

According to him, various forms of sanitation are ongoing within the communities, people have been informed of the dangers of unhygienic environment.

He said that the council had stocked the health centres with drug, and urged the public to take any individual with life threatening symptoms to the centres for immediate attention.

He also stressed the need for proper tests and diagnoses on patients who exhibit symptoms of cholera.

Goji added that the council would continue to monitor the situation; while assuring the citizens that it would do all it takes to ensure that the communities were free from filth through sensitisation campaign. (NAN)

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