The Cross River Government says it has deployed human and material resources to bring the cholera outbreak in Ekureku community that led to the death of 20 persons under control.
Dr Janet Ekpeyong, the Director General, Cross River Primary Healthcare Development Agency, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar on Sunday.
Ekpeyong, who expressed sadness over the deaths, said proactive measures have been taken to prevent further spread of the disease in the affected villages in Ekureku in Abi Local Government Area of the state.
She said the deaths could have been avoided if protocols were followed in the affected villages.
According to her, the state government has deployed a response team together with representatives from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Nigerian Red Cross and the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme.
She added that “the combined team have all intervened accordingly and helped to save lives and prevent further spread of the disease.
“The government finds this incident quite unfortunate and sympathise with affected families.”
The state primary healthcare boss disclosed that no fewer than 30 persons have been hospitalised as a result of the outbreak.
She said “because of the fast transmission rate of cholera, we recorded many deaths, with many others hospitalised in various government-owned facilities and are responding to treatment.
“We are applying every possible means to halt transmission as we have gone across the community sensitising the people on the possible ways of managing the disease.
“We have as well been speaking to community leaders to support the government by lending their voices to ensure their communities adhere to hygiene protocols to end cholera and other related illnesses,” she said.
She said samples have been taken and sent for confirmation, while treatment of the water source and fumigation was ongoing.
NAN had reported that no fewer than 20 persons had died between Thursday and Saturday following cholera outbreak in the agrararian community that shares boundry with Ebonyi.
Investigation revealed that the community had been grappling with the challenges of potable water and poor health facilities.
The 10 villages that made up Ekureku are: Agbara, Ngarabe, Ekureku-be , Akpoha, Akare-for, Anong, Emenekpon, Etegevel, Egboronyi, Emegeh. (NAN)
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