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FCTA rolls out steps to halt cholera spread

JuL, 2021 | By Wisdom Ikediashi | ||

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it 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. The Administration announced this in a press statement issued by Senior Special Assistant (Media) to FCT Minister, Malam Abubakar Sani, last week.

Unfurling a seven-leg package of measures, it said some of them were already in place from early May, 2021 when symptoms of the diarrheal disease surfaced, adding that this included the formation of Cholera Emergency Operation Centres. FCTA stated further that it appointed an Incidence Manager and other relevant medical personnel along with stakeholders from FCT Water Board, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Rural Water and Sanitation Agency [RUWASA) and others who are also in the team.

According to the statement, other measures were the prepositioning of drugs and consumables for free treatment of all identified cases in both secondary and primary care facilities of FCT; provision of free potable water through water tankers from FCT Water Board to all affected communities; and the training and sensitization of health care providers in both secondary and primary healthcare facilities, including some private ones.

Others included community sensitization on causes and means of treating and prevention of cholera with all communities that have outbreak being visited and monitored by relevant medical personnel and other stakeholders; sensitization of the general public through the media on all issues concerning the outbreak and preventive measures; and high level engagement of all the six Area Council Chairmen, religious and traditional leaders in the Councils.

The Administration added: ''Meanwhile continuous surveillance on communities with suspected cases are being conducted in all the communities in the six Area Councils to confirm the prevalence of cholera. ''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.''

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