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WHO, FG to assist Rivers fight cholera

By Jimitota Onoyume

PORT HARCOURT—The World Health Organization, WHO, and the Ministry of Health have offered to assist Rivers State government combat the recent outbreak of cholera disease in 11 communities in Andoni Local Government Area of the state.

WHO Coordinator in Rivers State, Dr. Sylvester Malemi, said the organization was set to provide technical support to the state government to stop the ugly situation.

“We are here to mobilize resources to stop the outbreak,” he added.

Malemi appealed to residents of the area to ensure they drink clean water as a way of preventing the spread of the disease.

The Chief Consultant Epidemolist, who spoke for the Ministry of Health, said the ministry would donate drugs, test kits and other relevant items to the state government to combat the outbreak of the disease.

Some indigenes of the area blamed the outbreak on absence of portable drinking water in the communities.

They enjoined the state government to come to their aid with provision of portable drinking water.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Samson Parker, said government and some multinational firms had intervened to bring the situation under control.



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