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Cholera: FCTA Has Taken Steps To Prevent Spread

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has taken a variety of precautions to prevent Cholera from spreading and to provide the best possible care to those who have become ill.

To confirm the prevalence of Cholera, the FCT is conducting ongoing monitoring on communities with suspected cases in all of the villages in the six Area councils.

This was stated in a statement signed by Malam Abubakar Sani, Senior Special Assistant to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, and made accessible to journalists in Abuja.

The statement reads in parts ; “The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has taken a number of steps to prevent the spread of Cholera and to offer the best possible care to individuals who have been infected.

“Some of the measures already taken from early May 2021 when we started having the diarrheal disease in the FCT include: Formation of Cholera Emergency Operation Centres and appointment of an Incidence Manager and other relevant medical personnel along with Stakeholders from the FCT Water Board, Abuja Environmental Protection Board, Rural Water and Sanitation Agency [RUWASA) etc, who are also in the team; Prepositioning of Drugs and Consumables for the free treatment of all identified cases in both Secondary and Primary Care Facilities of the FCT; Provision of free portable water through water tankers from the FCT Water Board to all affected communities; Training and Sensitization of Health Care Providers in both Secondary and Primary Healthcare facilities including some private ones.

He continued ; “Community Sensitization on causes and means of treating and prevention of Cholera. All communities that have outbreak are being visited and monitored by relevant medical personnel and other stakeholders; Sensitization of the General Public through the media on all issues concerning the Cholera Outbreak and preventive measures; and High level engagement of all the Six [6] Area Councils Chairmen, Religious and Traditional Leaders in the Six [6] Area Councils.

“As at 8th July, 2021, the FCT has recorded Five hundred and fourteen (514) suspected cases. Out of this number, Eight [8] 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”, the statement further stated.

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