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Serious concern raised in Nigeria as cholera death toll hits 30, with 1,141 hospitalized.

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The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has urged the public to exercise caution due to the recent cholera outbreak in several states across Nigeria.

In a statement on Friday in Abuja, Mrs. Gloria Ogbaki, Head of Information and Communications for NBMA, quoted the Director-General, Dr. Agnes Asagbra, emphasizing the need for vigilance.

Dr. Asagbra highlighted that Nigerians must be cautious as the country records 30 deaths and 1,141 suspected cases of cholera.

“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,” she stated.

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

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

She also urged Nigerians to adopt various hygiene practices, such as boiling drinking water or using certified water purification methods.

“There is a need to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water, especially before eating or preparing food,” she advised.

The Director-General also emphasized the importance of washing hands with soap and water after using the toilet, cooking food thoroughly, and consuming it while it is hot.

She advised against eating raw foods, such as fruits and vegetables unless they can be peeled or washed with safe water. She also stressed the importance of keeping the environment clean and disposing of waste properly 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,” she said.

Dr. Asagbra called on Nigerians to remain alert and report any cases of cholera to the nearest hospital.

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