By EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja

NIGERIA’S health delivery system is fighting two evils: COVID-19 and an outbreak of cholera.

No less than 479 people have died from a recurring outbreak of cholera in Nigeria this year.

This is way above the total of 86 deaths recorded in 2020 when 1 577 cases were recorded.

So far this year, 19 305 cases of the water borne disease have been confirmed.

The government has confirmed 18 states and the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) have reported suspected cholera cases in 2021.

This is out of a total of 36 states in the West African country of an estimated 212 million people.

The northern state of Kano is the worst affected in terms of death, with 119 fatalities from 3 953 cases.

Bauchi, in the terror-prone northeast, has the most cases, with 6 271 cases and 66 deaths

The national multi-sectoral Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is coordinating the national response to cholera.

Nigeria, Africa’s biggest country by population (estimated at 212 million people), has also not been spared the outbreak of coronavirus.

Some 2 132 deaths have been confirmed from 170 895 cases as of the past weekend. – CAJ News