Nigerian health officials have developed a new estimate of cholera and reported thirty-five deaths from the disease from its appearance in early August to Thursday, August 19, 2021. Faced with a worrying situation, the WHO provided support to health officials.
Thirty-five people have died from the disease in Niger since it first appeared in the West African country in early August. The Nigerian Ministry of Health says six areas in eight Niger are affected by cholera.
Doso, Dillabury, Maradi, Jinder, Tahua and Niamey were among the areas involved, with a response from the Department of Health, the Directorate of Surveillance and Endemics stating that “a total of eight hundred and forty-five cases have been registered. Thirty-five deaths.”
On August 9, Nigerian health officials officially announced the outbreak of cholera in the Toso, Maradi and Jindar areas. Niger’s health minister, Idi Ilyaso Minasra, pointed out that most of the cases were related to an epidemic that had been spreading for months in neighboring border areas.
Health officials say the WHO (World Health Organization) has provided Niger with equipment worth 172 million CFA francs to fight the cholera epidemic that is hitting the country hard. Buckets, lamps, water tanks, etc.
Receiving a donation from Anya Blanche, WHO Resident Representative in Niger, Nigerian Public Health Minister Idi Ilyaso Massanassara noted, “These tools will allow us to strengthen our existing system. Cholera epidemic.”
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