Cholera: FCTA caution residents against open defecation

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Thursday warned residents in the territory to desist from open defecation to prevent cholera.

Dr Humphrey Okoroukwu, the Director, Public Health, Health and Human Services Secretariat, FCTA, gave the warning during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

NAN reports that seven deaths have so far been recorded from cholera outbreak in four communities of Sauka, Mpape, Kubwa village and Ushafa.

Okoroukwu explained that open defecation was one of the causes that predispose some residents to cholera which affected some communities in the territory.

“People should stop defecating in open places, especially around the river banks to prevent infectious diseases like cholera.

“Residents are advised to have toilets in their homes and those who cannot afford Water Closet should endeavour to have pit latrines to avoid outbreak of cholera,” he said.

The director said that cholera outbreak was common during the rainy season, and stressed the need for residents to take necessary precautions.

He said that cholera outbreak occurred mainly in rural communities that had no access to potable water.
Okoroukwu also enjoined FCT residents to treat their drinkable water and ensure that it was free of any contamination.

He advised residents to take sick persons with symptoms of cholera immediately to nearby healthcare facility or hospital, pointing out that timeliness is of essence. (NAN)

Edited by Felix Nwadioha/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

Biola Lawal

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