Cholera Outbreak: NBMA cautions Nigerians, issues urgent public health advisory


Cholera Outbreak: NBMA cautions Nigerians, issues urgent public health advisory

 

The Director General (DG) of The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Agnes Yemisi Asagbra, has called on the general public to exercise caution over the recent cholera outbreak in some states across Nigeria.

The call was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Friday by the Head, Information and Communications of the biosafety agency, Mrs. Gloria Ogbaki.

The Director General of NBMA said Nigerians must exercise caution as Nigeria records 30 deaths, and 1,141 suspected cases from the disease.

“As we approach the festive period of the Salah celebrations, it is of utmost importance that we collectively prioritize the health and safety of our communities,” the NBMA boss said.

Cholera, a highly contagious bacterial infection caused by the ingestion of contaminated food or water, has been reported in Bayelsa, Zamfara, Abia, Cross River, Bauchi, Delta, Katsina, Imo, Nasarawa, and Lagos States.

Dr Asagbra said NBMA, in collaboration with health authorities, is actively monitoring the situation and implementing measures to contain the spread of the disease.

She also called on Nigerians to imbibe various hygiene practices such as boiling drinking water or using certified water purification methods, washing hands thoroughly with soap and water, especially before eating or preparing food, and after using the toilet, cooking food thoroughly and consuming it while hot, avoiding raw foods such as fruits and vegetables unless they can be peeled or washed with safe water and keeping the environment clean while disposing of waste properly to prevent contamination.

The agency urged “all Nigerians to be vigilant and adhere to these hygiene practices to protect themselves and their loved ones from cholera. We also encourage community leaders and health workers to disseminate this information and assist in educating the public about preventive measures.”

Dr Asagbra urged Nigerians to be alert and report any case of cholera to the nearest hospital.

“If you or anyone you know exhibits symptoms of cholera, which include severe diarrhea, dehydration, and vomiting, seek urgent medical attention at the nearest hospital. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial,” she added.

The DG maintained that “NBMA is committed to safeguarding the health of the Nigerian people. Together, we can overcome this challenge and ensure a safe and healthy celebration for all.”


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