Data from Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has revealed people who died of cholera since the beginning of 2021 has surpassed the overall death record of COVID-19.
Speaking on Channels TV on Wednesday, NCDC Director-General, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, confirmed cholera death toll
“Sadly, cholera has actually killed more people than COVID so far. We have had I think a little over 3,600 deaths from cholera for the period of the year under review at the beginning of the year (2021) to date.
“I would like to reassure the public that while all of the public attention is on COVID, the NCDC is juggling several balls in terms of the other priority diseases of public health importance and we are responding to all of them.
“So, the talk is about COVID, and nobody knows that we have teams out in about five, six states now helping with Cholera response.
“We’ve had rapid response teams in all of the states that have had cholera outbreaks. We have incident managers for Lassa fever that respond to cases that are reported, we are currently preparing for the meningitis season – the refresher training, the sensitisation.
“We would like all of these areas to receive equal or even more attention, but we have no choice but to focus on all of the diseases that are likely to have public health impact on the country according to the mandate that we have been given,” Adetifa said.