Cholera outbreak kills six, eight hospitalized in Ebonyi

SIX people have been confirmed dead with eight others  being treated in hospitals following the outbreak of cholera disease in Ebonyi State.

 The deaths were confirmed by the State Director of Public Health and Disease Control, Dr. Christian Achi during an interaction with journalists in Abakaliki, the state capital yesterday.

 He also said  that eight other persons in critical conditions  are receiving treatment in undisclosed hospitals.

According to him the areas affected are: Edomia and Ikelegu communities in Ebonyi Local Council and Amachi in Abakaliki Local Council of the state.

 He  said four persons died in Amachi, Abakaliki  Local Council and  two in Edomia and Ikelegu Ebonyi Local Council .

 Achi  who blamed the outbreak to lack of personal hygiene, portable water and toilet facilities , said government health officials have moved into the affected communities and stabilized some of the victims who were in critical condition .

 “We are advising people to maintain personal and environmental hygiene. When the first case was recorded, we instructe ceremonies but the people did not obey the directive and it affected other victims.

 The people expose whatever they eat to flies and these flies will perch on them and transmit diseases such as this to them”, he stated.

 Achi observed that most of the people don’t have toilet facilities as they defecate around their houses which makes it easier for diseases to be transmitted to them and announced that the state government has sealed over 30 houses for lack of  adequate toilet facilities.

 He advised the people to ensure regular hand-washing with running water to avoid contracting diseases  and make use of health facilities provided for them by the government whenever there is outbreak of any disease in their localities rather than resorting to self medication or delay in accessing the facilities which he noted was cause of the spread of the disease.

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