By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka—EIGHT persons have been confirmed dead in Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State, following an outbreak of cholera in the area.
State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Josephat Akabuke, who confirmed the casualty figure yesterday while taking delivery of drugs and equipment donated to the state government by a Lagos-based pharmaceutical company, said there were 25 other cases currently being managed by a team of health workers.
According to him, some medical doctors have also been drafted to the affected communities to control further spread of the inspection.
He also said the state government had directed immediate sinking of boreholes in the affected communities to provide the people with potable water.
He added that it was discovered that the source of water supply in the area was unhygienic.
Meanwhile, officials of the state Ministry of Health have sent truck loads of packs of water to the people, even as an enlightenment campaign had commenced in the area to educate the people on the symptoms of the infection.
Akabuke commended the company and promised that the donations would be used for the purpose they were meant.
Miss Ruth Harrison, who led a team of the donor pharmaceutical company, said her company decided to key into the health programme of the state government, follo-wing the reported outbreak of cholera in the state.