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Cholera kills 91 in 31 states as 12 die of monkeypox

A total of 3,610 suspected cases of cholera, including 91 deaths, have been recorded in 31 states this year,  the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control…

A total of 3,610 suspected cases of cholera, including 91 deaths, have been recorded in 31 states this year,  the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said.

The Director-General, NCDC, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, disclosed this Tuesday during the ministerial press briefing by the Ministry of Health.

He said of the suspected cases since the beginning of the year, the age group less than five years was the most affected age group for male and female

“We’ve intensified our surveillance and risk communication efforts and made ongoing plans to review the National Cholera Plan. We are also working to develop state-level preparedness and response plans,” he said.

He said from January 1 to August 14, there were 530 suspected cases of monkeypox, 220 confirmed cases and four deaths from 29 states.

While saying that there was currently no case of Marburg virus disease in Nigeria, he said Nigeria had the capacity to test for the virus at the National Reference Laboratory in Abuja and the University of Lagos Teaching Hospital laboratory Centre for Human and Zoonotic Virology.

On COVID-19, Dr Ifedayo said 5,441,162 samples had been tested, 262,748 confirmed cases recorded with  256,518 discharged cases and 3,147 deaths.

He added that top five states with the highest cumulative number of cases are Lagos, FCT, Rivers, Kaduna, and Oyo.

The Secretary of the Oversight Committee of the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Chris Isokpunwu, speaking on the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHPF), said as at yesterday about 7, 447 health facilities were receiving decentralised facility funding in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He said only Rivers state was not currently on board.

He said the Fund had engaged 2800 midwives across 26 states and 27 states have accredited more than 70 percent  of their PHC facilities.