Not fewer than 17 people have lost their lives in a recent outbreak of Cholera in Anambra State, South-East, Nigeria.
The communities affected are in the Anambra West Local Government Area and includes; Igbedor, , Umuenwenum Anam and Ode.
9 people have been reported dead in Igbedor, three in Nzam, three in Umuenwelum and two in Ode community.
A community leader in the State Cyprian Akpofe told Punch Correspondents that the cholera outbreaks happens around this time every year.
“It’s pure cholera. All those that died exhibited all symptoms of cholera before they died. It’s pure cholera. It happens here annually.
But the State Commissioner for Health, Joe Akabuike, who led some officials of the ministry to the council area, said the deaths recorded in the area was not that of cholera outbreak as being speculated. He noted that the disease was as a result of the recent flood disaster that submerged most buildings and farmlands in the area. (Punch News)
He said “What we have in Anambra West is not cholera outbreak as being speculated.
“What we have is diarrhoea disease that usually occurs after flooding, characterized by vomiting and other signs but what is important to us is not necessarily the name but the worry that people are dying.
“We are here to tell them that this is a pure environmental challenge. I am here with a complete team and lots of .”
He added, “They should maintain personal hygiene, wash their hands regularly. They die because they seek a solution where it will never come from.
“We will make arrangement to ensure that more drugs are sent to them and immediate construction of a borehole to solve their water needs.”
Credit: Punch News