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NIGERIA | Cholera Outbreak Claim 20 Lives in Ebonyi

Ogochukwu Anioke

No fewer than twenty persons have died following the recent cholera outbreak in Ebonyi state. The state Director of Public Health and Disease control, Dr. Chris Achi stated this in Abakaliki, the state capital.

He said the deaths were recorded across seven Local Government Areas of Ebonyi State where the outbreak occurred. These include: Abakaliki, Izzi, Ebonyi, Ohaukwu, Ishielu, Ezza North and Ohaozara Local Government Areas.

According to him, ten undergraduates of the Ebonyi State University were affected by the disease out of which one died. “Fifteen students of Girls’ High School, Azuiyiokwu were also affected and were taken to the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki for medical attention without casualty recorded. “The epidemic was recorded in 12 Apostle College Sharon and Annunciation schools, St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Kpirikpiri Abakaliki,” he added.

Achi, a former Commissioner for Health in the state explained that those who died resorted to self medication and died due to renal breakdown before being taken to hospitals for medical treatment. He discouraged people from defecating indiscriminately around their vicinities and drinking contaminated water and called on those seeking for house as tenants to ensure they live in houses that have toilet facilities.

Achi further enjoined the people to ensure personal hygiene and desist from eating foods they are not sure of where it was prepared to avoid contracting the disease.

Published: April 16, 2015. By Ogochukwu Anioke
Copyright © 2015 The Nation Newspaper

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