The Federal Capital Territory Administration has alerted Abuja residents over a deadly disease that hit the city. According to the FCTA, cholera and severe diarrhoea has killed 60 residents.
Dr Ramatu Aliyu, the FCT Minister of State, disclosed this in Pyakasa and Gwagwa communities to continue sensitization on cholera and other acute diarrhoeal diseases.
The Minister confirmed that suspected cholera cases in the FCT rose from 604 to 698 within 72 hours. Aliyu said Abaji Area Council recorded three suspected cases with no death.
During the sensitization, the Minister said Abuja Municipal Area Council recorded 281 suspected cases with 22 deaths, while Bwari Area Council recorded 134 suspected cases with 22 deaths.
Also, Gwagwalada Area Council recorded 220 suspected cases with nine deaths, Kuje Area Council had
Twenty-three suspected cases with four deaths, and Kwali Area Council recorded 37 suspected cases with three deaths.
Deadly Disease Kills 60 In Abuja
However, the Minister noted that the FCTA would not fold its hands and watch Abuja residents die helplessly over preventable diseases. Aliyu urged critical stakeholders and residents to publicize the message of proper sanitation, cholera prevention and the need to practice hand hygiene in their respective communities.
The Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council, Alhaji Abdullahi Candido, had affirmed the council’s commitment to forestall the continuous spread of the disease to adjoining and other communities.
He said the Primary Health Care Department of the council had sensitized the traditional rulers and their boards about the cholera outbreak and preventive measures.