Cholera Kills 20 Persons, 171 Fresh Cases Reported In Rivers

Cholera Kills 20 Persons, 171 Fresh Cases Reported In Rivers

By Eseme MacDonald | Associate Editor on January 15, 2015
FILE: Kervens Francois, 5, is being treated at the Doctor's Without Borders Cholera Treatment Center in Delmas 33, August 28, 2012, a few days after Tropical Storm Isaac brought rains and heavy winds across Haiti. | Patrick Farrell/Miami Herald/MCT

About 20 persons have been reported dead following a recent outbreak of Cholera disease which started on Monday, January 5, 2015 in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers state.

A statement by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sampson Parker, revealed further that about 171 cases had been reported in some communities in the council.

The commissioner said the council’s rapid response team and the state emergency response team had all risen to the task, adding that two treatment centres had been opened in the area.

He said, “The state emergency response team and the social mobilization team are already on ground to assess and manage the situation.

“Two treatment centres have already been established at Ebukuma and Okoli’ile to manage cases and affected people are advised to assess the facilities.”

The commissioner stated that proactive measures are being employed in order to curb further outbreak of the water-borne disease in the state.



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