The Cholera epidermic on Thursday, April 30, 2015 claimed the lives of 5 more persons at it had earlier took 20 lives in Ebonyi state.
The recent deaths were confirmed by Dr. Christian Achi the state Director of Public Health and Disease Control, Ministry of Heath in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state.
He confirmed that about 256 persons had been affected by the epidemic, while more had been hospitalised in various hospitals in the state since the outbreak in February this year.
He said the epidemic had spread to seven of the 13 local government areas of the state.
The outbreak was traced to Amachi community in Abakaliki Local Government Area.
Achi said 22 persons, who died as a result of the disease, resorted to self-medication and warned the residents against the trend.
‘They were treating themselves and they died as a result of that, even when they ran to hospitals when they were in critical conditions,’ he said.
Achi said the latest casualties were recorded in Oriuzor Ezza North Local Government Area, Umuogudu Akpu and Umuogudu Oshia in Ohaukwu Local Government Area.
However, Achi stated that a team of medical experts from the Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja had been dispatched to the state to control the deadly Cholera epidemic.