Cholera claims 500 in 5 months in Nigeria

choleraThe United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has said that more than 500 people had died as a result of cholera outbreak in Nigeria in the last five months.

Mr Olusoji Adeniyi, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, UNICEF, disclosed this at ‎a two-day workshop for ethical and humanitarian stories reporting for journalists in Kano.

Adeniyi said that mortality rate for the outbreak of the scourge calls for prompt action and the need for the provision of good accessible water.

“The mortality for cholera in 2015 is over 500 in Nigeria and there are so many deaths still occurring.

“We need to provide good water to prevent cholera outbreaks and ensure that things we eat especially fruits are properly cleaned before we can consume them,” he said.

Adeniyi added that not less than 1,500 persons die in Nigeria annually as a result of the disease.

He observed that many more people are dying from this condition and the cases were not reported owing to lack of access to information.

The officer, however, advised that ‎people should ensure that proper sanitation hygiene was maintained in order to reduce the outbreak of diseases in our environment.

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