Daniel Umezurike, the Ebonyi State Commissioner for Health, has stated that there has been no reported Cholera-related fatality or epidemic in the Ndiegu Amagu community in the state’s Ikwo Local Government Area.
This was stated by the commissioner on Friday night at a briefing to press following an assessment visit to Ndiegu Amagu in the Ikwo council, where the epidemic was recorded.
When the outbreak was initially detected in early November, he added, officials from the ministry, the World Health Organization, and other relevant agencies paid a visit to the area.
“We conducted fast diagnostic tests on all examined samples and transmitted them to the reference laboratory in Abuja,” he said.
He stated that when the current ‘rumour’ outbreak began, appropriate personnel were summoned to the region and engaged in extensive interaction with community members.
“We visited the area with the intent of confirming the rumour, tending to the sick among them, collecting and analyzing samples, and sensitizing the populace about the sickness,” he explained.
He stated that his team observed four individuals suspected of having the condition, with one stating that she defecated in the morning and had not defecated since, and that it was not watery.
The commissioner said, “The other persons were admitted in a nearby health facility with one of them showing pregnancy symptoms while the other said that he has been on admission in the facility since for two days now.
“I assure that relevant health partners will be consistently monitoring development from the area we also ready to contain any emergency.
“We don’t want people to panic or link any death to cholera or such disease, because there is none presently in Ebonyi State.
“We can not also talk of death from the disease because you have to establish a cholera case first before you talk of death.”