Fresh cholera outbreak has killed no fewer than 8 persons and 17 patients hospitalized, following another outbreak of the disease in Ndiogbu Ndieze village in Izzi and Ikwo local government areas of Ebonyi State.
In response, a team of health workers led by the State Epidemiologist, Dr. Francis Onwe and other officials of the state Ministry of Health have been deployed to trouble scene to supply preventive drugs and give professional counseling.
Dr. Christian Achi, Director of Public Health and Disease Control in the state who made the disclosure also confirmed that, while five deaths were recorded in Ikwo LGA; Ndiogbu Ndieze in Izzi LGA of the state recorded 3 deaths, making it the total of 8 casualties.
The state Epidemiologist, Dr. Onwe while addressing the villagers, advised the residents to ensure personal and environmental hygiene to avoid contracting the disease just as he further advised them to ensure they bury any victim immediately such person dies to avoid spreading the epidemic and also desist from drinking stream and contaminated water which he explained were the major causes of the endemic disease.
In an interview with a stakeholder of Ndiogbu Ndieze village and President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Director in Ebonyi state in the just concluded general elections, Chief Austin Igwe Edeze whose younger brother was among those that died, following the cholera outbreak, narrated that people who attended burial of a resident of the area came back and started vomiting and defecating uncontrollably leading to the death of persons.
He said; “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 was cholera, my younger brother was already down; vomiting and stooling and we took him to the hospital where he died early in the morning.
“The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry sent a team who visited us for enlightenment on the prevention of the disease and donated some drugs after a lecture on prevention of re-occurrence,’’ he said.

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