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Nigeria’s Ministry Of Health Confirms Outbreak Of Cholera In Cross River

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At least 30 persons have reportedly died in Ekureku Community in Abi Local government area of Cross River state following the outbreak of Cholera.

Ekureku Community is made up of 10 villages including Agbara, Ngarabe, Ekureku-be, Akpoha, Akare-for, Anong, Emenekpon, Etegevel, Egboronyi, Emegeh shares boundary with some parts of Ebonyi state.

Iwara Iwara, the Permanent Secretary, Cross River state Ministry of Health, who confirmed the outbreak to Sunday Vanguard said he can’t give any figure as it concerns how many persons have died but hinted that a Rapid Response team has already been activated.

His words:” I can’t confirm the number of persons who are dead, until I’m on the ground, but there is an outbreak of cholera in the Ekureku Community.

“The Rapid Response team has since been activated comprising WHO, Epidemiological team, Local government team, and so on are already on the ground as we speak, but I can’t give you any figure at the moment

Checks by Sunday Vanguard showed that the Ekureku community has been faced with the challenges of portable drinking water.

A villager who pleaded anonymity told Vanguard that atleast 30 persons have died as a result of the outbreak including pregnant women.

Another Inhabitant and Village who didn’t want his name in print revealed that the outbreak of cholera disease was noticed two days ago when some villagers started having diarrhoea and dehydration.

“Initially we thought it was the usual disease that they normally witness during the dry season as this, but discovered that this time the disease was spreading very fast and was killing the affected a lot of persons within hours as they were also stooling,” he stated.

20 ‘Repentant’ Boko Haram Terrorists Die Of Cholera

No fewer than 25 persons including 20 surrendered Boko Haram fighters have died due to a cholera outbreak in the Hajj camp where about 12,000 surrenders are currently kept in Maiduguri, Daily Trust reports.

It was learnt that at least seven persons died on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

Our correspondent gathered that 14 other causalities were recorded in the Hajj camp on Wednesday,  September 21, 2022.

According to a source, health workers with the support of Non-Governmental Organisations and the World Health Organisation are battling to control the fatalities.

“At least 20 Boko Haram surrenders have died as a result of cholera outbreak in Hajj and four others died in Bama camp. Also, three reportedly died in the Muna Garage IDP camp. Nearly 1,000 cases have been reported so far, and hundreds are currently receiving treatments in various health centres,” the source said.

Moreso, a top ministry of health staff who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed the incidents but claimed that only 11 repentant Boko Haram insurgents and three others in the Muna Garage IDP camp were killed by cholera, not 20 people.

The source said the ministry and its partners are on top of the situation.

Hard Times: Donald Duke Says He Sympathises With The Next Governor Of Cross River

Donald Duke, a former governor of Cross River, has said that he felt sorry for the next governor of the state, revealing that such an individual would be faced with an uphill task of reinventing governance in the state.

He made the remarks at the inauguration of the 1,080-member campaign council of the charter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Calabar on Saturday, November 26, 2022.

The former governor noted that the essence of good governance has been lost in the state in the last eight years.

According to him: “I never bargained to be governor of the state, but was driven by passion and commitment to positively change the fortune of the state, when I eventually became one.”

He said that where he and his team envisioned the state to be by now is not where it is.

“I am worried about development in the state, a whole generation had been lost. We know where the state ought to be by now. The plan was that we would have been governing the state without relying on federal allocation by now. The plans were all laid out.

“Whole paradise had been lost. This is certainly not the best of time to govern Cross River State,” NAN quoted him as saying.

Duke added that he was hopeful that the PDP governorship candidate, Sen. Sandy Onor, has what it takes to restore the lost glory of the state.

He stressed that Onor’s past experiences in government had adequately prepared him for the uphill task of reinventing the state.

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