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NBMA urges caution amid cholera outbreak in Nigeria in 2024



Dr. Agnes Asagbra, the agency's Director-General

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has issued a warning to the public to exercise caution following a recent cholera outbreak in several Nigerian states.

Gloria Ogbaki, Head of Information and Communications at NBMA, relayed a statement from Dr. Agnes Asagbra, the agency’s Director-General, emphasizing the importance of vigilance.

“Nigerians must exercise caution as the country records 30 deaths and 1,141 suspected cases of cholera,” Asagbra stated.

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

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

Asagbra advised Nigerians to adopt various hygiene practices, such as boiling drinking water or using certified water purification methods, thoroughly washing hands with soap and water before eating or preparing food, and after using the toilet.

She also emphasized the importance of cooking food thoroughly and consuming it while hot, avoiding raw foods unless they can be peeled or washed with safe water, and maintaining a clean environment to prevent contamination.

“NBMA urges 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,” Asagbra said.

Ways to prevent Cholera Outbreak Nigeria 2024

Ways to prevent Cholera Outbreak Nigeria 2024

Symptoms of cholera

Symptoms of cholera

She further called on Nigerians to be alert and report any cases 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.”

Asagbra highlighted that early diagnosis and treatment are crucial.

“NBMA is committed to safeguarding the health of Nigerians; together, we can overcome this challenge and ensure a safe and healthy celebration for all,” she concluded.

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