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Health News of Tuesday, 14 September 2021


Nigeria records 46 cholera deaths, 1,677 cases in one week

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The latest epidemiological report released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Monday revealed that no fewer than 46 deaths and 1,677 suspected cases of cholera were reported in 12 states within one week, from August 30 to September 5, 2021.

Of the 46 deaths, Borno State has the highest figure with 13 deaths, followed by Sokoto State with 12 states.Eight deaths were recorded in Katsina State, while six were recorded in Bauchi.

The NCDC’s report reads, “In the reporting week, 12 states reported 1,677 suspected cases –  Bauchi (566), Katsina (282), Sokoto (258), Yobe (183), Borno (179), Niger (94), Kaduna (66), Adamawa (34), Gombe (8), Kano (4), Kebbi (2), and Nasarawa (1).“There was a 58 per cent decrease in the number of new suspected cases in week 35 (1,667) compared with week 34 (3,992).“Bauchi (566), Katsina (282) and Sokoto (258) account for 66.3% of 1,667 suspected cases reported in week 35.

“During the reporting week, 195 Cholera Rapid Diagnostic Tests were conducted. RDT tests conducted were from Borno (179, results pending), Kaduna (8 suspected cases, 4 positive) and Adamawa (8, 6 positive). A total of 12 Culture tests were conducted in Adamawa (8, 4 positive) and Kaduna (4, 4 positive).

“Of the cases reported, there were 46 deaths from Borno (13), Sokoto (12), Katsina (8), Bauchi (6), Niger (3), Kaduna (2), Adamawa (1) and Kano (1) states with a weekly case fatality ratio (CFR) of 2.7%.

“Two new states (Osun and Ekiti) reported cases though with dates of onset in weeks prior to week 35.”The NCDC added that since the beginning of the year, the country had reported 69,925 suspected cases and 2,323 deaths.