Three persons have reportedly been killed by Cholera in Amaogwugwu community in Ohuhu, Umuahia North LGA of Abia State.
The President General of the community Mr. Kelechi Uwaoma while reacting to the outbreak of cholera and the number of death recorded in their community dosclosed that two people died in their homes while one died in the community health center.
Uwaoma added that over 16 persons are currently being hospitalized and receiving treatment in the health center and other health facilities in Umuahia, the state capital.
The Ohuhu PG further said that some persons who have recovered, have been discharged from the health center.
He disclosed that the suspected cholera outbreak was as a result of suspected contamination of the “Ikwu” River which is the only source of water in the community.
He stated that officials of the state Ministry of Health, WHO, and other interventionist agencies have visited the community and have donated drugs to the community health center to complement the ones already he procured to help in the treatment of victims and expressed delight that the situation is under control.
“We have directed that the affected persons be treated at no cost and residents should immediately report suspected cases to the health facility.
Mr. Uwaoma said “We have intensified sensitization of the people on ways of preventing further spread which includes keeping the environment clean, drinking of clean water, and safe preservation of food items.
When contacted the commissioner for Health Abia state Dr. Osuji, said his ministry is monitoring the situation and has 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.
A native of the village Chief Uche Aguoru, while speaking to our correspondent said that the people drink water from the Ikwu river due to the non-availability of pipe-borne water.
He stated that in the past individuals and governments, both at the state and federal levels have tried to drill boreholes in the community but have not been successful due to the topography of the area.
He pleaded that the government should help revive the greater Okpara water scheme which in the 70s and 80s provided safe and clean potable water for the Ohuhu people.
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Aguoru called on the government and well-meaning organizations to come to the rescue of the community by arresting the situation and checkmating further spread of the deadly epidemic.