Cholera Outbreak: NBMA Issues Urgent Public Health Advisory

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has urged Nigerians to remain vigilant in light of the recent cholera outbreak affecting several states across the country.

This advisory follows reports of 30 deaths and 1,141 suspected cases.

In an official statement released on Friday, June 14, 2024, the Director General of NBMA emphasized the need for heightened caution as the country enters the festive period of the Salah celebrations.
The statement highlighted the importance of collective efforts to safeguard public health during this critical time.

Significantly, the Director General stressed that cholera, a highly contagious bacterial infection, is primarily transmitted through the consumption of contaminated food or water.
She noted that the current outbreak has been reported in Bayelsa, Zamfara, Abia, Cross River, Bauchi, and Delta states.

NBMA’s advisory includes specific recommendations for preventing the spread of cholera. These measures encompass ensuring access to clean water, practicing good hygiene, and seeking immediate medical attention at the first sign of symptoms.

Public health officials are working closely with affected communities to control the outbreak and prevent further cases.

The agency’s statement underscores the critical role of public awareness and community cooperation in managing the cholera outbreak.
NBMA continues to monitor the situation and is committed to providing regular updates and support to the Nigerian public.



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