Enugu Govt  says no case of cholera outbreak in the state , urges residents on preventive measures

Enugu State Government has notified members of the public on the outbreak of  cholera in some parts of the country, saying no case has been confirmed in the  state and people should stay informed and take preventive measures to protect themselves and their  communities.

Statement from the ministry of health made available to newsmen  by the Commissioner for health,Prof . Emmanuel Ikechukwu Obi,  said Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholera.

 It spreads through contaminated food and water, especially during floods or inadequate sanitation conditions.

 According to him, approximately 30 states in Nigeria are currently affected including States surrounding Enugu State. “Enugu State has not reported any confirmed cases yet”, he said.

Pix: Gov Mbah

The Commissioner advised members of the public to remain vigilant and take the following precautions: boil or treat drinking water to ensure its safety, wash hands frequently with soap and clean running water, avoid consuming raw or undercooked food, cook food thoroughly., avoid street food or food from unhygienic sources, wash fruits and vegetables properly, educate your family, friends, and neighbors about cholera prevention, report any symptoms promptly (diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration) to health authorities nearest to you.

The Commissioner advised  that if anyone experienced symptoms (severe diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration), he/ she should seek medical attention immediately.

He said cholera can be treated effectively if detected early.

“Remember, prevention is our best defense against cholera. Let’s work together to keep our community safe.

“Enugu State Ministry of Health has pre-positioned drugs and consumables to contain the outbreak in case it comes to Enugu State,” Obi said..

Author: Maureen Ikpeama

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