Residents of the nation’s capital with diarrhea sickness will be treated for free, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has directed.
This comes as the number of cholera cases in the area has plummeted, with over a thousand cases and 69 deaths since the outbreak in May 2021.
On Friday in Abuja, the Acting Secretary, Health and Human Service Secretariat (HHSS), Dr Mohammed Kawu, who spoke on behalf of the administration while informing newsmen on the current instances of Cholera and COVID-19.
“The FCT Administration has documented a drop in cholera cases this week,” So far, 1000 cases have been identified.
According to him; “The cases of cholera in FCT was as a result of robust step taken by the administration to ensure that the outbreak was quickly curtailed.
” The administration is also taken steps to ensure that there is no case of cholera outbreak in the city next year by providing clean potable drinking water as well as ensuring that resident maintain high personal hygiene.
“The FCT Emergency Operation Center just briefed the FCT Minister and other top management on the latest update on the outbreak of cholera in the FCT. The update is good news because the cases are coming down. We had reached the peak around the 19 of July, but as at today the cases are coming down. In total we recorded 69 deaths and over a thousand cases and all have been treated and discharged.
“We have identified some flash points in the FCT. The epicenter is Bwari Area Council and we have gone there and mapped out the place and the administration has directed that certain important steps be taken so we don’t experience such outbreaks again. The other epic center is in AMAC, around Gwagwa area. It is gratifying to note that all the communities have been visited and told what they need to do prevent the cholera outbreak. It is clear they are have understood what we told them and they are taking those preventive measures that is why the figures are going down.
“We have prepositioned treatment drugs, IV fluid and other consumables in the health facilities in all high burden areas and all secondary health facilities in FCT so that anybody that shows up with diarrheal diseases is treated free. We have also provided important issues like water and sanitation because we have been working closely with the FCT Water Board and the Rural Water Supply RUWASSA, and AEPB. The most important thing is that the cases have gone down and the FCT Administration has directed that more important things be done in those areas so we don’t go through the same circle next year.
Meanwhile, he also decried the alarming increase of COVID-19 cases , while adding as at today we have 22 new cases in the territory and nine on admission.
He, however, urged residents to abide my pharmacistical protocol