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3 dead, 12 hospitalized in Ebonyi Cholera outbreak

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By Ruth Oginyi

About three persons have died, and 12 others hospitalized following a Cholera disease outbreak in Amachi-Igwebuike village, Agba community in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

The 12 persons are reportedly being managed at Agba general hospital.

Acting Commissioner for Health, Dr. Richard Nnabu made this known in Abakaliki, said the disease has been brought under control.

Dr. Nnabu who informed journalists of the development shortly after the visit of State’s epidemiologist to the area, said although three deaths and twelve suspected cases are being handled at Agba General Hospital, sensitization and enlightenment have been given to the people of the area on how best to prevent the spread which he said includes; keeping the environments clean and hygienic, drinking safe water and good preservation of food items.

According to him, the three deaths recorded were as a result of the refusal of the patients to go to the hospital for treatment.

On those that were admitted and likely cases that may occur, Nnabu directed that they should be treated free of charge.

He pleaded with the community to report any case of Cholera to the nearest health facilities or go straight to the General Hospital where drugs have been provided for the treatment.

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