The Federal Capital Territory Administration says it has taken several measures to stop the spread of Cholera as well as provide the highest level of care to those affected by the disease in the nation’s capital.
Abubakar Sani, Senior Special Assistant on Media to FCT Minister highlighted some of the measures that have been taken so far by the FCT administration since early May 2021 when cases of the diarrheal disease was noticed in the city.
“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,” Sani said in a statement issued on Friday.
Other measures he said included prepositioning of drugs and consumables for the free treatment of all identified cases in both Secondary and Primary Care Facilities of the FCT.
Others were the provision. 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 said.
“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.”
Sani stated that the administration has carried out sensitization of the general public through the media on all issues concerning the cholera outbreak and preventive measures.
This, he said, involved a high level engagement of all the six Area Councils Chairmen, Religious and Traditional Leaders in the Area Councils.
According to him, 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.
He added that continuous surveillance on communities with suspected cases are being conducted in all the communities in the six Area councils of the FCT to confirm the prevalence of Cholera.
As of Thursday, July 8, 2021, he said, the FCT has recorded 514 suspected cases. Out of this number, eight laboratory investigations were confirmed to be Cholera.