The Commissioner for Health Dr. Joe Osuji says the State Ministry of Health in collaboration with relevant partners will give adequate support in tracing the source of the cholera outbreak at Amaogwugwu Ohuhu in Umuahia North Local Government Area.
Dr. Osuji stated this to newsmen when he paid an unscheduled visit to Amaogwugwu Ohuhu Primary Health Care Center in Umuahia North Local Government Area where six patients are receiving treatment as a result of cholera outbreak in the community.
He explained that government has put measures in place to curtail the spread of the disease in the State, disclosing that the State Emergency Operations Team has been on ground since the outbreak of the disease on the seventeenth of this month for surveillance and line-listing of cases, laboratory testing and community sensitization in order to prevent the spread of the disease to nearby communities.
The Health boss advised Abia residents to visit nearby Health facilities whenever they have symptoms of cholera such as rice-watery stooping, frequent vomiting, weakness, fever and dizziness for proper treatment and management.
Also speaking, the Head of the State Emergency Operations Centre and the State Epidemiologist, Lady Peace Nwogwugwu said the first case of the disease outbreak was reported to her office through the Disease Surveillance and Notification Officer of the Umuahia North Local Government Area adding that so far a total of thirty six cases have been reported with two deaths and six persons currently on treatment.