A warning has been sent to residents of the FCT to desist from the act of open defecation in order to prevent the spread of cholera disease.
The warning was issued by Doctor Humprey Okoroukwu, the Director of Public Health and Human Services of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) in Abuja on Friday.
He revealed there were cases of seven deaths recorded in four communities due to cholera disease.
Speaking further, he maintained open defecation is a major cause of cholera which affected some communities in the area.
He said, “People should stop defecating in open places, especially around the river banks to prevent infectious diseases like cholera.
”Residents are advised to have toilets in their homes and those who cannot afford Water Closet should endeavour to have pit latrines to avoid outbreak of cholera.”
The Director said cholera outbreak is more rampant during the raining season, hence, the need to be careful.
He urged FCT residents to take adequate precautions and ensure they treat their drinkable water in order to be on the safe side.
He enjoined residents to promptly take any sick person to the closest healthcare facility for immediate medical attention.