33 die from cholera outbreak in Rivers

Posted by News Express | 9 December 2019 | 618 times

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 No fewer than 33 people have died following the outbreak of cholera in various communities in Andoni local government area of Rivers State.

Also, no fewer than 100 persons have been hospitalized as a result of the outbreak in Unyeada, Ngo, Afaradigi, Samanga and Oyorokoto communities in the local government area.

Chairman of the Ngo Town Community Development Committee, Clement Sunday, who disclosed this to newsmen in Port Harcourt, said his community alone has lost over ten persons.

Sunday said the number of death is increasing by the day as one person dies every 6 to 12 hourly due to alleged inadequate health officials to manage the over 100 persons already diagnosed with the bacteria disease in the local government for the past one week.

He said he is keeping tabs and monitoring the situation, and called for urgent deployment of more health officials to help handle the situation.

The CDC Chairman, who attributed the cholera outbreak to lack of portable water in the area, said the people depend solely on rain water now because their streams and wells are drying up due to the harmattan.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Health, Mrs. Caroline Wali has confirmed the cholera outbreak in communities in Andoni local government area.

Wali was however silent on the number of deaths recorded so far and the cause of the outbreak.

She urged the people of the area to maintain good hygiene, wash their hands always and drink clean water to mitigate the outbreak. (Leadership)


Source: News Express

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