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Nigeria records highest COVID-19 infections of 930 cases

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Nigeria’s coronavirus infections hit a new record high on Wednesday, with 930 cases confirmed across 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed the figure in its update for December 16, 2020.

This is the highest number of infections recorded on single-day count since the first case was confirmed on February 27, 2020 — the development comes four days after Nigeria’s previous highest figure of 796 cases.

The country’s total number of confirmed infections has now exceeded 75,000.

According to the breakdown, Lagos recorded the most cases with 279 new positive samples; FCT was next with 179, while Plateau was third-highest with 62 infections.

While no new death was confirmed on Wednesday leaving the fatality toll at 1,200, the number of active cases has increased from 6,348 to 7,087 within one day.

The country recorded a slight increase in its daily count of recoveries with 281 patients discharged on Wednesday.

The new figure of discharged patients included “106 community recoveries in Lagos state managed in line with guidelines”.

Out of over 850,000 samples tested, 75,062 have been confirmed positive but 66,775 patients have recovered.

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Lagos links cholera outbreak to unregistered tiger nut drink

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Lagos links cholera outbreak to unregistered tiger nut drink

The outbreak of cholera in Lagos state is not unconnected to the consumption of locally made tiger nut drink, authorities have said.

The state government said patients who were hospitalised in Eti-Osa LGA due to the disease took an unregistered tiger nut drink.

Eti-Osa is the epicentre of the latest cholera outbreak in Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous city and commercial capital.

Kemi Ogunyemi, special adviser to the Lagos state governor on health, made this known in an interview with Punch on Saturday.

As of June 21, Lagos had recorded 24 deaths and 35 confirmed cholera cases.

Speaking during the interview, Kemi disclosed when the government noticed a surge in suspected cholera cases in Eti-Osa LGA, it visited the neighbourhood for a firsthand assessment.

Ogunyemi said a survey showed that people who visited hospitals all said they had consumed a particular tiger nut drink.

She said officials were then dispatched to find the drink in other to test samples for cholera.

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According to her, it was during the fact finding mission that they discovered that the drink was not registered with NAFDAC, adding that they found an empty bottle of the drink with a number on it but the number was not reachable when it was called.

“We found empty bottles with a name on them, but we discovered that it wasn’t even registered with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the regulatory body that ensures the safety of consumables,” she said.

“There was a phone number and a name on the bottle, and we started tracing. We did contact tracing, similar to what we did with COVID-19.

“We combed the area to ask people where they got the drinks from. We couldn’t find any full bottles. We only found empty ones, which were of no use because we could not test them. The phone number on the bottle was not reachable.

“Cholera is also water-borne, so we took samples of the water to test it. The bottom line is that we took stool samples because different things cause diarrhoea.

“It could be anything else. We found out that it was confirmed cholera, specifically Vibrio cholera subtype 01, which is the most infectious and aggressive type.

“There are different types, but we identified this one. In Lagos Island, Eti-osa, and Kosofe, we recorded the highest number of cases that went to the hospital.

“I’m not talking about reported cases. These are the people who did the right thing by going to the hospital to complain of symptoms, and they were treated. That’s when we were alerted.”

Ogunyemi added that the government has ramped up sensitisation and awareness to ensure that the outbreak does not morph into an epidemic

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Cholera: Nigeria faces vaccine shortage as death toll hits 40

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Cholera: Nigeria faces vaccine shortage as death toll hits 40

Nigeria – As the death toll from the latest cholera outbreak reaches 40, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced a critical shortage of vaccines. Dr. Jide Idris, Director General of the NCDC, confirmed that Nigeria has placed an order for additional cholera vaccines from donor agencies, but the delivery date remains uncertain.

Dr. Idris emphasized the importance of vaccines and other preventive measures to control the spread of cholera, a severe diarrhoeal disease caused by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with Vibrio cholerae. He noted, “We don’t have enough to prevent an outbreak because we need to give these things before that time. Most countries plan ahead. When it comes to health security, we are supposed to stockpile some things in anticipation of an emergency.”

Between 2021 and 2024, cholera has claimed 4,364 lives out of 139,730 suspected cases in Nigeria, according to NCDC reports. The rainy season has exacerbated the situation, with recent data showing an increase in cholera cases across the country. From January 1 to June 11, 2024, there were 1,141 suspected cases, 65 confirmed cases, and 30 deaths reported in 96 local government areas in 30 states.

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The NCDC identified ten states contributing to 90% of the cholera burden: Bayelsa, Zamfara, Abia, Cross River, Bauchi, Delta, Katsina, Imo, Nasarawa, and Lagos. Lagos State has seen a significant rise in cases, with 417 suspected cases, 35 confirmed cases, and 24 deaths as of June 19, 2024. The cholera outbreak in Lagos was traced to an unregistered tiger nut drink, highlighting the role of contaminated food and beverages in spreading the disease.

Dr. Idris stressed the need for improved personal, environmental, and sanitary hygiene to prevent cholera. He also mentioned that while cholera vaccines are not long-lasting, a combination of vaccination and preventive measures is essential.

Public health experts, including Prof. Tanimola Akande and Dr. Kenechukwu Igwegbe, advocate for preventive vaccination against cholera, especially given its recurring nature in Nigeria. The World Health Organisation has identified three oral cholera vaccines – Dukoral®, Shanchol™, and Euvichol-Plus® – that require two doses for full protection.

The NCDC, along with other agencies, is actively working to manage the outbreak. However, Dr. Idris highlighted the challenges in vaccine procurement and the need for better planning and resources. “Cholera vaccine demand is far ahead of supply, so most people who need them place orders and plan ahead. It is the same with all vaccines, not just cholera.”

As Nigeria grapples with this cholera outbreak, the focus remains on obtaining more vaccines and enhancing preventive measures to curb the spread of this deadly disease. The NCDC, in collaboration with international and local partners, continues to provide support and resources to the affected states, aiming to mitigate the impact of this public health crisis.

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Cholera hits Ogun, kills one, five hospitalised

The cholera outbreak ravaging Lagos State has spread to neighbouring Ogun state, killing at least one person.

The deceased, a 62-year-old woman, was killed by the deadly ailment in Ijebu-Igbo, Ijebu-North Local Government Area of the south west State.

It’s gathered that the woman contracted cholera while caring for her infected child, who is now hospitalised.

Dr. Tomi Coker, the Commissioner for Health, who confirmed the incident, said it happened on three days ago.

He said “A 62-year-old woman died and five persons were hospitalised. It happened in Ijebu-Igbo in the Ijebu-North local government area of the state.”

The chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, in the state, Dr. Kunle Ashimi, in a press conference on Thursday, reiterated the dangers of the malignant disease.

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He noted that impact of cholera is widespread and has affected 30 states across the country, including Ogun.

He disclosed that cases would be treated free of charge at designated facilities and urged the populace to imbibe preventive measures against the spread of cholera.

Ashimi said: “Such patients will be transported to and treated free at the facilities designated for the management of cholera cases across the state.

“We use this opportunity to appeal to our people to imbibe preventive measures for the prevention of the spread of Cholera, including avoiding open defecation, avoiding indiscriminate refuse dumping, washing hands regularly, washing fruits and vegetables well before consuming and treating water before consuming it either by boiling or treating with chemical purifying agents.

“We advocate that where there is no wherewithal to do this, two drops of plain household bleach in 1 litre of water is a good alternative. We also implore schools to monitor food, fruit and snack vendors around the schools to ensure that they practice proper hygiene. As well, schools should reintroduce hand washing stations like was done during the COVID-19 period.”

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