FCT health workers raise awareness of protective measures to contain the spread of infectious diseases

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“I appreciate your efforts and want you to come often. Five of my children benefited from malaria and deworming exercises. They also looked after many children and pregnant women, Zulahatu said.

Aisha Yau, a mother of three whose children benefited from the exercise, said her children, all under six years old, had been tested for malaria. The team also gave their children a mosquito net for malaria prevention.

Aisha thanked WHO and said she wanted the campaign to become a regular exercise as it would teach women how to protect their loved ones. My children will start sleeping under this net because I don’t want them to have malaria. I’ve learned to take better care of my family, she said.

Intervention Amid the rise of the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, reported cases of infectious diseases such as measles and cholera in Nigeria have increased at the same time.

Cholera is an acute bacterial infection that is associated with severe diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, and death. The disease is mainly transmitted through fecal contamination of water and food and is due to poor sanitation and a lack of safe drinking water. Suspected cholera cases were reported in 23 states in Nigeria in 2021. As of August 15, 2021, a total of 47,603 suspected cases including 1,768 deaths (CFR 3.7%) had been reported from the states and the FCT.

In the FCT, the number of reported cholera cases in the six area councils (Bwari, Kuje, Kwali, Abaji, Gwagwalada and Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC)) has increased, with 1,189 suspected cases and 75 reported deaths on August 15, 2021.

In his note, the traditional leader of the Jiwa community, Dr. Idris Musa that it has become imperative to run an ongoing campaign to strengthen health information about Covid-19, disease prevention measures and the importance of routine vaccinations.

The emir said public outreach would also strengthen community health awareness conversations led by traditional community leaders. Within the community, we are using the existing polio eradication structure to raise awareness of Covid-19, cholera and other infectious diseases. We have further sensitized them to the need to use face masks and observed all other non-pharmaceutical measures to protect against Covid-19. We also encourage them to go to health care facilities if they are ill, ”he said.

Meanwhile, Hadiza Adamu Idris, the chief officer of the primary health center in Jiwa, said the intervention would go a long way in providing health services to most of the sick population who had not attended the health facility.

Ms. Idris said, “We have recorded about eight cases of cholera in Jiwa. In Jiwa, the outbreak is not severe. However, the campaign will help raise public awareness of cholera and other infectious diseases.

“In contrast to the neighboring communities of Bwari, Kuje and Zuba, Jiwa is still low in the prevalence of cholera cases. However, we chose to conduct outreach work in Jiwa because it is close to these communities, ”said Hawua Suleiman, director of health promotion and public health, FCTA.

She said the intervention is part of the routine, biannual awareness campaigns run by the agency, but strategic this year as the ongoing Covid-19 and cholera outbreak is reported in the FCT.

Distributed by the APO Group on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO) – Nigeria.

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