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Cholera Kills Three In Ebonyi, 17 Hospitalised

Posted: Jun 26, 2015 at 9:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Uka Felix  – Abakaliki


Cholera outbreak, yesterday, again claimed three lives in Ebonyi state bring to about 28 the number of deaths recorded from the outbreak of cholera in the area since February this year.

The latest deaths were recorded in Ndiogbu Ndieze village, Izzi local government area of the State while 17 were hospitalized.

Those hospitalized are currently receiving treatment in Sudan United Mission Hospital and Iboko General Hospital located in the local government.

The State Epidemiologist, Dr. Francis Onwe and other officials of the state Ministry of Health who visited the area following the outbreak, distributed drugs including ORS, sanitizers, chloroquine for water disinfection to the residents to control epidemic.

Director of Public Health and Disease Control in the state, Dr. Christian Achi had confirmed more deaths in Ikwo community, Ikwo local government area of the state as a result of fresh outbreak of the disease in the area.

A stakeholder of Ndiogbu Ndieze village, Chief Austin Igwe Edeze, whose younger brother was among those that died following the outbreak said people who attended burial of a resident of the area came back and started vomiting and defecating uncontrollably.

‘’Nobody suspected that cholera was responsible for the frequent vomiting and defecation by the people that attended the burial ceremony.

‘’ So before we could notice it is cholera, and we took him to the hospital, it was too late, as he died early in the morning.

‘’We raised alarm to the Ministry of Health and the officials advised that we should quickly bury him to avoid the disease spreading to other people around which we obeyed and bury him immediately.