The European Union has allocated 500,000 Euros from its Epidemics tool to support Nigeria in its fight against the cholera epidemic in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
A statement by the EU commission in Abuja says around 1.6 million internally-displaced persons and 1 million members of the local population are at risk, while at least 11,820 cases and 382 associated deaths have been reported in these states.
EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič said Nigeria has been facing many crises at the same time, including measles and malaria outbreaks, record levels of food insecurity and malnutrition, and catastrophic flooding also impacting negatively on the spread of cholera.
It says with the EU’s support, humanitarian partners will work to reduce morbidity and mortality through early detection, awareness raising, health education and case management.
The EU has already allocated 100,000 Euros to Nigeria in response to the floods affecting the country.
Writing by Hamza Alkali; Editing by Chinasa Ossai & Daniel Adejo