Cholera Outbreak: Panic Over Epidemic Increases as Students Resume

There are concerns that students may be in danger of cholera, food, and waterborne illness brought on by the consumption of the vibrio cholera bacteria, as classes return on Wednesday following the midterm break and Sallah vacation.

The sickness, which began to spread across the nation last week, might spread quickly in schools if preventive precautions are not taken, according to public health experts.

According to the NCDC, from January 1 to June 11, 2024, 96 LGAs in 30 states reported 1,141 suspected and 65 confirmed cases of cholera, which resulted in over 30 deaths.

According to the center, the ten states that account for 90% of the current cholera outbreak’s burden are Lagos, Bayelsa, Zamfara, Abia, Cross River, Bauchi, Delta, Katsina, Imo, and Nasarawa.

In light of this, Celine Lafoucrier, the Chief of UNICEF’s Lagos Field Office, has urged for stringent measures to safeguard schoolchildren, stressing that coordinated efforts are needed to avoid interfering with the academic calendar due to the disease’s spread.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has lately alerted the public about the growing trend of cholera cases as the rainy season progresses.

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