Three die, 12 hospitalized in fresh Ebonyi cholera outbreak

By Augustine Anioke

Three persons have died in an Ebonyi Community following a recent outbreak of cholera, the state government has said.

It also said twelve others who were infected with the disease are responding to treatment at the hospital.

Acting Commissioner for Health, Dr Richard Nnabu stated this after a visit to the affected community, Amachi – Igwebuike village in Agba community, Ishielu local government area.

He noted that through the efforts of the state government the situation has been brought under control .

Dr Nnabu told journalists immediately after the visit of state epidemologist to the area that the twelve suspected cases are being handled at Agba General Hospital.

He said sensitization and enlightenment have been given to the people of the area on how best to prevent the spread which include ; keeping the environments clean and hygienic , drinking safe water and good preservation of food items .

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Dr Nnabu maintained that the three deaths recorded were because of the the refusal of the patients to go to Hospital for treatment.

Speaking about those that were admitted and likely cases that may occur, Dr Nnabu directed that they should be treated free of charge.

He implored the people to report any case of Cholera to the nearest health facilities or go straight to the General Hospital where drugs have been provided for the treatment .

Some residents of the community told blamed the out on non availability of portable water.

They said they go as far as Onicha local government to get drinking water while those who can’t travel the long distance resort to drinking dirty pond water. Ends

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