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No cholera outbreak in Anambra -Akabuike



Anambra State Health Commissioner, Joe Akabuike  has declared that there is no outbreak of cholera in all parts of the state.

Addressing newsmen during an assessment of some communities alleged to have experienced the outbreak in Anambra West Local Government Area, Dr
Akabuike explained that the result of disease surveillance analysis earlier carried out in some suspected communities in Anambra West LGA revealed gastroenteritis infection, but not cholera.

He noted that gastroenteritis could be well managed if detected earlier to avoid deaths.

The commissioner noted that the disease was an aftermath of the floodwaters that ravaged some communities in Anambra West LGA at the peak of raining season last year.

Akabuike said this could be prevented or controlled by personal and environmental hygiene.

The commissioner called on presidents generals of affected communities to persuade members of their communities to access healthcare in the Primary Healthcare Centres (PHC) within their domain.

He enjoined them to avoid administering herbal medicines, which could worsen their cases and  appealed to health workers to be on ground to treat patients in time to avert deaths.

Executive Secretary Anambra State Health Insurance Agency, and a public health consultant, Dr Simeon Onyemaechi, urged health workers deployed to health facilities in affected communities to give their best as they attend to patients with the disease.

He condemned indiscriminate and open defecation,which he noted, was responsible for disease outbreaks, enjoining the general public to observe cleanliness so as to be free from the diseases.

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