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NCDC: Nigeria records 67% reduction in cholera deaths within one year

NCDC: Nigeria records 67% reduction in cholera deaths within one year
September 21
18:41 2023

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 2,860 persons were infected by cholera in 25 states between January and August 27.

The agency, in its latest cholera situation report, said the cases were recorded across 124 LGAs in the affected states.

The states include Zamfara, Cross River, Katsina, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Niger, Abia, Jigawa, Kano, Ondo, Borno, Kaduna and Bauchi.

Others are Sokoto, Plateau, Gombe, Oyo, Adamawa, Kebbi, Benue, Rivers, Ekiti, Imo, Osun, and Anambra.

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The NCDC said 84 deaths were recorded from the cases, with a fatality rate of 2.9 percent.

“Of the suspected cases since the beginning of the year, age groups <5 years are mostly affected, followed by the age groups 5 – 14 years in aggregate of both males and females,” the report reads.

“Of all suspected cases, 51% are males and 49% are females.

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“Zamfara (787 cases) accounts for 28% of all suspected cases in the country of the 25 States that have reported cases of cholera.

“Obubra LGA (515 cases) in Cross River State accounts for 18% of all suspected cases
reported in the country.

“Of the affected States, Cross River (718 cases), Katsina (302 cases), Bayelsa (265 cases), Ebonyi (227 cases), Niger (136 cases) and Abia (118 cases) account for 62% of the
suspected cases this year.

“Comparatively, suspected cases of Cholera in the current year have decreased by 63%
compared to what was reported as at Epi-week 34 in 2022. Likewise, cumulative deaths recorded have decreased by 67% in 2023.”

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