Cholera cases may have reduced around the world, but in much of West Africa, including Nigeria, deaths caused by the deadly disease are on the rise.
According to a new report, 2013 Cholera Report Overview: West and Central Africa, Nigeria remains a top hotspot for Cholera, despite a 64 per cent drop in the disease.
The report noted a 100 per cent increase in the number of reported cholera cases in Nigeria in October as compared to September. On October 28, the Nigerian Minister of Health announced that 74 people have been killed, and a total 373 infected by the disease in recent outbreaks.
The report stated that a total of 307 cases were recorded in September, meaning that Cholera cases increased by 100 per cent. The media has reported upwards of 536 people infected in Zamfara state in the third week of October alone.
In a Zamfara slum, 62 deaths were reported and another 100 deaths were reported in Plateau state.
The report highlights a shocking fact that only half of Nigeria’s 160 million people have access to safe water and a third lack access to sanitation services, making Africa’s most populous nation a breeding ground for the disease.
Other highly affected African countries are the DRC, the Republic of Congo, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Togo and Benin.