The Federal Capital Territory Administration has announced plans to increase community sensitization as the death toll from cholera outbreak in Abuja is now 60.
According to the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, suspected cases of Cholera in Abuja have risen from 604 to 698 within the last 72 hours.
The minister who was represented by the Ag. Executive Secretary of FCT Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Iwot Ndaeyo, noted that Abaji area council records 3 suspected cases, no death, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) records 281 suspected cases with 22 deaths, while Bwari Area Council records 134 suspected cases with 22 deaths.
Also, Gwagwalada area council records 220 suspected cases with 9 deaths, Kuje area council records 23 suspected cases with 4 deaths and Kwali area council records 37 suspected cases with 3 deaths.
Aliyu, however, vowed that the administration would not fold its hands and watch residents die over preventable diseases.
On Thursday, Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido, affirmed the commitment of his council to forestall the spread of the disease.
“On our part as an area council, we swung into action immediately we received the news of the outbreak and its confirmation in June. We quickly mobilized our health personnel in all our primary healthcare facilities for prompt responses. Following the recommendations from the outbreak report, we provided funds for quick purchase of drugs, infusions and other treatment materials/consumables in addition to the ones we received from the FCT Public Health Department.
“The Disease Control Unit of our Primary Health Care Department through Disease Surveillance Notification Officers have been working tirelessly in different communities of the council including hard-to-reach fields in order to trace and report cases at the primary healthcare facilities for free treatment.”