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Cholera claims 25 in Ebonyi State – Official

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By Becky John

The Ebonyi Ministry of Health has confirmed five new deaths arising from a cholera outbreak in the state.The Director of Public Health and Disease Control in the ministry, Dr Christian Achi, disclosed this on Thursday in Abakaliki while addressing newsmen. He said that the development brought the total number of deaths from the disease, so far, to 25. The director said that 256 persons had been affected by the outbreak since February when the first case was reported.

He added that many of the victims had been receiving treatment in various hospitals in the state.
“The outbreak was first noticed in Amachi, Abakaliki local government area of the state, but it has spread to six other local government areas of the state. “The ministry was doing its best to curtail the outbreak, as it has sent its personnel to the affected councils while assisting those receiving treatment at the various hospitals,” he said.

“The victims were offering treatment to themselves and their condition deteriorated before they were brought to the hospital, as most of them already had renal breakdown.
“The latest casualties were recorded in Oriuzor, Ezza North, Umuogudu-Akpu in Ohaukwu, and Umuogudu-Oshia, also in Ohaukwu local government areas. The director added that a team of medical experts from the Federal Ministry of Health visited the state on April 22, to assess and control the situation.

“They, however, left the state on April 24, as they provided vaccines and other medicines for effective control of the disease.’’ He advised the people to avail themselves of health facilities, especially in the rural areas, to check high fatality rate of the outbreak.
“Individuals are also advised to wash their hands frequently before eating or after going to toilet to check the spread of the outbreak in the state,” said the director.

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