• Two cases of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) test positive for cholera, as partners engage the Government on a declaration of outbreak to facilitate the rapid scale-up of response.
• Government and partners facilitate a contingency planning workshop to mitigate the impacts of flooding across vulnerable locations as the rainy season approaches its peak.
• Protection partners intensify advocacy with Government on the construction of information centers in out-of-camp areas to strengthen/improve service delivery.
Two cases of AWD test positive for cholera
A second case of cholera was confirmed in Adamawa State during the week following laboratory tests of AWD samples by the national reference laboratory in Abuja, the country’s capital. Both confirmed cases are from Girei LGA, which has six AWD cases. Yola North has one case, bringing the total to seven with no fatalities. Partners are following up with the State Government on the declaration of an outbreak to enable the scale-up of ongoing response. Across affected and vulnerable locations, humanitarian partners continue to ramp up risk mitigation and response measures, including water trucking and chlorination of water sources, disinfection of drainages, distribution of WASH kits and awareness messaging (including via radio) on the risks and response protocols. Although WASH and health partners agreed to a 3-month response plan to scale-up response for the entire rainy season, the declaration of an outbreak by the government is essential to provide the basis for resource mobilization to fund the plan. Cases will likely increase over the coming weeks as the rainy season gathers momentum.
Contingency planning for flooding during the peak of the rainy season
Government (including State and National Emergency Management Agencies, SEMA/NEMA) and humanitarian partners convened a two-day workshop during the week to harmonize contingency plans for flood risks and impact across vulnerable locations in the state. The workshop reviewed trends of previous years, projections for this year (including the annual flooding outlook which identified some 179 most vulnerable locations in the state), current capacity of government and partners, likely challenges, and priority actions to follow up on. Possible funding opportunities including the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF) were also discussed. A draft document will be circulated with sectors and other stakeholders for inputs which will be harmonized to support advocacy efforts. Adamawa is usually the worst affected by flooding in the northeast during the rainy season, which is worsened by the release of water from the Lagdo Dam on the Cameroonian side.