At least twenty persons have been confirmed dead following the outbreak of Cholera in different Local Government Areas of Ebonyi State.
The Director, Public Health and Disease Control in the State Ministry of Health, Dr Chris Achi made this known in Abakaliki. He said that government had intensified efforts to contain the disease.
The Local Government Areas affected include Izzi, Ebonyi, Abakaliki, Ohaozara, Ohaukwu, Ishielu and Ezza North.
Achi stated that one of the 10 undergraduates of the Ebonyi State University, affected by the disease had died.
While nine others and 15 students of Girls’ High School, Azuiyiokwu, who were also affected, were taken to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki for medical attention, he said.
Achi explained that those who died resorted to self-medication, resulting in renal breakdown before being taken to hospitals for treatment.
He urged residents of the state to refrain from defecating indiscriminately around their vicinities so as not to contaminate their drinking water. He also advised those seeking accommodation to ensure they lived in houses with toilet facilities.
Achi enjoined the people to ensure personal hygiene and desist from eating food they were not sure of where it was prepared to avoid contracting the disease.