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Cholera kills 7, another 19 diagnosed in Enugu

Seven people have been reported dead with another 19 people diagnosed with Cholera in Enugu.

The State Commissioner for Health, Emmanuel Ikechukwu Obi disclosed this in a statement late Friday.

According to Obi, Cholera outbreak was reported in New Artisan Livestock Market in the Coal City.

He stated that the 19 sick persons were identified with the symptoms — loose stool and vomiting — in the market.

Obi said the Ministry’s rapid response team, upon receiving reports of the incident carried out an immediate investigation.

“It was observed that the patients presented with sudden onset of the passage of loose stool and vomiting,” he noted.

“The ill persons identified within the area were immediately and safely evacuated to the state teaching hospital and are receiving treatment, while health education on safe and hygienic practices was given to the inhabitants of the market,” he added.

According to the Health Commissioner, “further tests carried out by the State Ministry of Health at the Teaching Hospital revealed that all the persons were suffering from Cholera.”

He added that samples were collected for further confirmatory tests of this finding.

Meanwhile, surveillance, contact tracing, and risk assessment have commenced at the market and its environs.

Also, the Enugu State Ministry of Health Emergency Operations Centre for Cholera outbreak response will be activated on Saturday 17th July 2021.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), cholera is an acute diarrheic disease that is a potentially life-threatening and primarily waterborne disease.

The disease occurs annually mostly during the rainy season and more often in areas with poor sanitation.

In the meantime, in a related development, an Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), ActionAid Nigeria has donated cholera kits to 1,500 patients and carried out campaigns on the disease in four Local government areas of Bauchi state, according to Mrs Lola Ayanda, ActionAid Communications Officer.

“With commitment to ActionAid Nigeria’s Core Humanitarian Standard and Emergency Intervention Policy, the project will provide cholera kits to 1,500 patients in 4 LGA’s, Dass, Toro, Bauchi and Ningi, of Bauchi State.

“And also carryout mass media sensitization on cholera prevention and treatments through the local media outlets across the state,” she said, at the launch of the donation on Saturday, in Bauchi.

Ayanda noted that due to the inadequate health system in the project state, it was easy for major health outbreaks such as this cholera to spread fast, reaching other states and thereby further crippling efforts to achieve a more stable healthcare system in the country.

She explained that the 10-day intervention was set to prevent the spread of the disease, through the establishment of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector approved cholera kits to households that have infected persons.

This would ensure that such households, including the households of neighbours within a 30-metre radius were also disinfected.

“ActionAid will work with 100 locally sourced and trained hygiene promoters who will ensure that information on early detection of the disease, prevention and treatment centres, are communicated to the people in their local dialects, while 20 health workers will support the disinfecting process as volunteers”, Ayanda said.

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