Ravaging Cholera in Ebonyi State has claimed nine more victims. While two died in Ozibo village of Ebonyi Local Government Area, seven lost their lives in four communities of Umuezeoka, Umuezeokaoha, Ekka and Ori-uzor in Ezza North Local Government Area.
Already, drugs donated by the member representing Ezza North/Ishielu federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Chief Anayo Nwonu, have been moved to the affected communities to curb the spread of the disease.
The epidemiologist at the state Ministry of Health, Dr. Francis Onwe, who confirmed the new cases, put the casualties at seven but investigations showed that nine person had died from the disease.
Onwe disclosed that over 29 had been hospitalised in a private hospital located in Onueke, Ezza South Local Government Area of the state.
The expert advised the people to improve on their personal and environmental health conditions to curb the epidemic and always go to qualified hospitals instead of self- medication whenever they notice the disease or any other ailment to be able to save their lives in time.
While addressing the people, the Head of Health Department at Imoha Development Centre in Ezza North council, Sunday Eze, decried the poor hygiene of the premises housing the private hospital where the victims were receiving treatment and directed the occupants to vacate the premises within forty-eight hours to forestall further outbreak of the disease.
One of the relatives of the deceased, Chidozie Otta, called on the government to intervene on the outbreak of the epidemic in the area by providing drugs and other relief materials to the victims.
A medical practitioner with the Federal Teaching Hospital in the state, Dr. John Nwaeze, advised the people to take health matters seriously by washing their hands regularly, drink safe water and avoid defecating in bushes around their surroundings to prevent the disease spread.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that since the outbreak of Cholera in the state in February this year, the death toll has risen to 70. The first cases was reported in Amachi community, Abakaliki Local Government Area and Edomia in Ebonyi Local Government Area.

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