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Nigeria: Cholera Outbreak Kills 2 in Ebonyi

Less than one month after cholera killed 17 persons in Ikwo local government area of Ebinyi State, two persons have been confirmed dead in another outbreak in Ofenekpa Inyimagu also in Ikwo.

Apart from Ikwo, other communities affected include Ezillo in Ishielu local government area and Afikpo in Afikpo North local government area.

LEADERSHIP SUNDAY gathered that the member representing Ikwo/Ezza South Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Chinedu Ogah, had intervened through the procurement of drugs and settling the hospital bills of victims following last month’s outbreak which brought the spread under control.

Ogah, the deputy chairman, House Committee on Poverty Alleviation, mobilised a medical team led by Dr Chukwu Okwudiri of Nnamdi Azikiwe University and Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT AMURT) to intervene in the outbreak.

Ogah expressed regret over the continued outbreaks in the local government and called for the intervention of the state and federal government.

“We are in the dry season when people experience scarcity of water which most times result in cholera outbreaks. In that regard, we have done so much in sinking several boreholes both in Ikwo and Ezza South local government areas to ensure that people have access to good water.

“We can’t do it alone, we need more of the support of the federal government, the state and foreign donor agencies to help our people. President Mohammadu Buhari has done so much in Ebonyi State even in the area of water and we expect that with the coming on board of the new administration of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the issue of water scarcity will be a thing of the past,” he said.

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