Three people have been confirmed dead, while sixteen others have been hospitalised in Amaogwugwu, a community in Ohuhu, Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State, following a cholera outbreak.
President General of the community, Kelechi Uwaoma, who confirmed this to journalists said two people died in their homes while one died in the community health centre, adding that those hospitalised were receiving treatment.
He added that some persons have recovered and have been discharged from the health centre.
Uwaoma disclosed that the cholera outbreak was a result of suspected contamination of the Ikwu river which was the only source of water in the community.
He said officials of the state ministry of health, World Health Organization and other interventionist agencies have visited the community and donated drugs to the community health centre to complement the ones already procured to treat victims and expressed delight that the situation was under control.
Uwaoma said, “We have intensified sensitisation of the people on ways of preventing further spread which includes keeping the environment clean, drinking clean water, and safe preservation of food items.
“We also directed that the affected persons be treated at no cost and residents should immediately report suspected cases to the health facility.”
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Osuji, said his ministry is monitoring the situation and had deployed officials and drugs to the community so as to help stabilize affected persons and that he will be visiting the community today with the state epidemiology team.