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  • Updated: June 15, 2024

Cholera outbreak: House of representative calls for unified efforts to contain disease

Cholera outbreak: House of representative calls for unified

The latest cholera epidemic, which the Lagos State Government claimed has resulted in roughly 60 hospital admissions and five fatalities in the previous few days, has made the Nigerian House of Representatives express grave concerns, while calling for a unified effort to contain the disease.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, NCDC, reported that from January 1 to June 11, 2024, 96 local governments in 30 states reported 65 confirmed cases and 30 fatalities in Nigeria, which is part of a broader national concern.

The NCDC issued a public health caution recently, alerting people to the growing number of cholera cases occurring nationwide, which is being made worse by the lengthening rainy season. Ten states account for ninety per cent of the 1,141 suspected cases that have been reported so far this year. 

The Chairman of the House Committee on Healthcare Services, Rep. Dennis Idahosa, stressed the need for immediate and coordinated action: "We must act quickly and decisively to address this cholera outbreak. Mobilizing resources and implementing preventive measures are crucial to safeguard our citizens."

He continued, "Community engagement and education are essential in fighting the spread of cholera. We urge citizens to follow hygiene practices and report any suspected cases to health authorities. Ensuring access to clean drinking water, proper sanitation and waste disposal, and maintaining good hygiene practices, including regular handwashing, are key to preventing cholera."

The House of Representatives applauds the NCDC for coordinating a multi-sectoral National Cholera Technical Working Group and providing critical assistance to impacted states. 

The house also applauds the Lagos State Government and other state governments for their proactive disclosure and efforts to address the public health issue.

The House of Assembly noted that healthcare is a primary legislative concern for the 10th Assembly Representatives. 

The House reiterated that it is committed to improving the healthcare system and ensuring that all Nigerians have access to high-quality medical treatments. 

Nigerian House of Representatives further noted that it will continue to press for robust public health measures and prevention initiatives to deal with epidemics like these while sending their sincere sympathies to the families impacted by the epidemic and encouraging all Nigerians to be watchful.

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