The institution calls on the population to consume safe drinking water and maintain proper hygiene measures to prevent acute diarrheal infection caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.
The disease can be contracted by ingesting contaminated food and water. If left untreated, it can be fatal. Treatment includes rehydration, intravenous therapy, and the use of antibiotics.
Nigeria experiences outbreaks of this endemic disease every year, mainly during the rainy season. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of an exponential increase in the number of cholera cases on the African continent.