It’s estimated that more than 90,000 Nigerians were infected with cholera during the epidemic in 2021, according to an MSF statement released on Monday.
Statement signed by two field communication officers, Hussein Amri and Abdulkareem Yakubu, said while nearly all of Nigeria’s 36 states have reported cholera cases in 2021, the vast majority have been concentrated in Bauchi, Kano, Jigawa, Zamfara and Sokoto in the six northern states where the majority of the cases have been reported:
More than half a million people have been forced to flee their homes due to war and violence, according to the statement. “The population of this area is already highly vulnerable,” the statement said.
Six cholera treatment centers have been set up around the area by MSF and Nigeria’s Ministry of Health in an effort to contain the epidemic, which has already affected more than 20,000 people.
Statement said that security is an additional difficulty, especially for patients who come in Zamfara State because they are afraid of violence or danger on the roadways.
MSF teams were still admitting more than 100 patients per day at various periods in August, underlining the intensity of the epidemic and the will of patients to get treatment, no matter how dangerous.
It was a disaster waiting to happen for Nigeria’s most vulnerable citizens.”
An MSF official in Nigeria was reported as noting that cholera has contributed to an already complicated web of medical and humanitarian vulnerabilities, which already included heightened insecurity, chronic humanitarian needs, the direct and indirect repercussions of COVID-19, and cholera itself.
More than 7,500 new cases a week were being recorded by the Nigerian Center for Disease Control during the height of the epidemic in July.
Philip Esenwa, MSF medical activity manager for the Nigeria Emergency Response Unit, says, “The patients would arrive shattered, their caretakers scared they would not make it.” People who couldn’t talk due to their infirmity were found.
In towns like Kano and Bauchi, where many people live in overcrowded circumstances, with antiquated or non-existent sewage systems and little access to safe drinking water, the statement said that the issues were enormous.
Community-based approach: MSF took healthcare, sanitary measures, and public health information directly to the impacted communities.
There are over 200 cases of acute watery diarrhoea and cholera being treated by the MSF team in Maiduguri, Borno State, every week.
There is a one-dose oral vaccination available in certain jurisdictions in order to assist prevent the spread of illness. There is a limited quantity of the vaccine across the world, and it isn’t accessible in all of the states.