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No Cholera Outbreak In Delta, Says Govt

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 at 4:33 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Delta State Government has described as rumour the report of outbreak of Cholera in some parts of the state.

Speaking to journalists on Friday, July 31, 2015, in Asaba, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Sunday Otobo, who led a team of ministry’s officials said that there was no confirmed outbreak of cholera in Delta State, but that there were incidents of stooling and vomiting recorded in Aladja, Udu Local Government Area of the state.

He explained that various samples have been taken to  Lagos for testing and none has been confirmed to be suffering from cholera.

“There is no confirmed outbreak of cholera in Delta State as l speak to you. In some communities, to be specific in Alajia, there were incidents of vomiting and stooling that were reported and as a ministry we have done a lot of work, samples have been collected and sent to Lagos for testing  but no case of cholera has been confirmed in that community.”

The Permanent Secretary also stated that Governor Okowa has directed health officers in the 20 five local government areas of the state to be proactive in detecting and tackling any outbreak of diseases in all communities

Dr. Otobo disclosed that the state governor has instructed that the water plant in the community be resuscitated and put in use to provide potable water for the community.

Explaining further, he opined that the state government has taken measures to ensure that the people of the area are sensitised on the need to keep their environment clean and have a healthy living.

“The Ministry of Environment is also going to mobilise to Aladja to make sure that environmental policies that will not endanger the health of the people are put in place, so that everybody in the community maintains a clean environment and also find a way of proper disposal of faeces,” he stated.

The Permanent Secretary said that the Ministry of Health has a monitoring team on ground in the community to sensitise the people, monitor the situation on ground and report back to the ministry and that the health centres in the community have been equipped with drugs to treat the patients.