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Health News of Wednesday, 22 September 2021


Three highest cholera cases’ states to get 3.5 million vaccine doses

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Three Nigerian states are scheduled to get cholera vaccine following the rise of suspected cases and fatalities.

The Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday.According to the NPHCDA boss, the vaccine will be distributed among three states with the highest number of cases.

He said, “It is worthy of note that Nigeria has received the International Coordinating Group’s approval for 3,566,628 doses of the oral cholera vaccine.“Based on the shortage of this vaccine globally, we are pleased that we have been able to secure some doses and we have strategically mapped out and identified areas for deployment in the three states with the highest number of cases as a reactive campaign.

“The country is not relenting in its fight against cholera outbreak working side by side with the NCDC.“We will continue to apply for more doses of the cholera vaccine. We believe that as these vaccines become readily available, Nigeria would get more doses.”

The latest epidemiological report of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control revealed that as of September 12, 2021, Nigeria had recorded a total of 72,910 suspected cases with 2,404 deaths.The data also revealed that 10 states accounted for 90 per cent of the total number of cases recorded.

The states are Bauchi with 18,822 cases; Kano, 10,187; Jigawa 9,300; Sokoto 6,835; Katsina 6,328; Zamfara 4,518; Kebbi 3,646; Niger 2,266; Kaduna 2,035 and Yobe with 1,772 cases.Other affected states include FCT, Abia, Adamawa, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Ogun, Osun, Plateau and Taraba states.

The centre had noted that with an incubation period of at least two hours, cholera can kill within hours if not treated.The disease is said to be easily transmitted in areas with poor sanitation hygiene practices and lack of clean water.