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Cholera Claims 30 Lives In Delta Community

FROM IGNATIUS OKPARA, Asaba – No fewer than 30 person have been killed in the latest cholera outbreak in Isoko South community of Delta State.

The chief epidemiologist at the Delta State ministry of health, Dr. Steven Ofili, who disclosed this to newsmen in Asaba, said prompt response and physical attention of health workers had curbed the spread of the disease.

According to him, people of the local community had been facing challenges of cholera disease since 2010, when their main source of drinking water was polluted.

He regretted that, rather than seeking medical attention at the local health center in the area, the people resorted to traditional medicines and self-medication to treat themselves.

His words: “It was not until after the disease had claimed five lives that they (the local residents) brought it to the knowledge of the local authorities,”

He disclosed that confirmed cases of cholera were promptly treated at the local health facility where medical workers, in addition to examination and administration of preventive drugs, have been giving tips on how to combat the disease.

“In 2010, more than 30 people had died when the first cholera outbreak was recorded following the pollution of the main source of water supply in the same area of Delta State.

He said Cholera, an infectious disease, causes severe watery diarrhea and can lead to dehydration and even death if not treated.

The Health official however, advised the people to always report suspected case of the disease to medical workers on time so as to avoid cases of complication.


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