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Cholera patients in Anambra discharged

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By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA—THE 11 persons hospitalised at Inoma in Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State have been discharged following successful containment of the cholera outbreak in the area.

The Anambra State Ministry of Health had, at the outbreak of the cholera in the area, a forthnight ago, deployed  a rapid response team, which reported 11 cases  of  cholera. They were subsequently hospitalised and treatment commenced.

However, Vanguard gathered yesterday that all the victims had been discharged following successful treatment.

A statement from the Ministry of Information and Strategy had said that the outbreak was followed with dispatch as a team of experts was sent to the area.

The statement said: “The team was dispatched by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike. That team was led by the State Disease Surveillance Officer, Adaora Ejikeme, accompanied by the State UNICEF Consultant, Didien Gbofemi.”

“The team was tasked to stem the spread, as well as recommend measures at containing any replication. Eleven patients consisting of five boys and six girls within the age bracket of one to 10years old, were admitted into a health facility in the area.”

Public Relations Officer of the state Ministry of Health, Miss Ebele confirmed to Vanguard yesterday that none of the patients died, adding that they had been discharged.

It was gathered that as part of the intervention to control the outbreak, the team supplied antimicrobial medicines such as Doxycycline tablets, flagyl infusions, flagyl tablets, ciprofloxacin tabs, ciprotab infussions, ceptraxone injections, among others to the area and also gave out sets of water guard, needles and syringes and bags of water to the Inoma Health facility.

A preliminary report released by the rapid response team, showed that the main source of drinking water for the community was a contaminated stream, which, perhaps, was the cause of the outbreak.

The team, after interaction with the traditional ruler of Inoma Community, Igwe Emmanuel Oluta and his cabinet, urged them to sensitize other members of the community on the prevention and control measures for cholera.


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