NO CHOLERA OUTBREAK IN ANAMBRA, INSISTS HEALTH COMMISSIONER
By Ebele Egoh
Awka, Dec. 29, 2018 (MOI) Anambra State Health Commissioner, Dr Joe Akabuike insists that there outbreak of cholera in all parts of the state.
He debunked the rumour making the rounds once more, while addressing newsmen during an on-the-spot assessment of some suspected communities alleged to have experienced the outbreak in Anambra West Local Government Area (LGA).
Akabuike explained that, the result of disease surveillance analysis earlier carried out in some suspected communities in Anambra West LGA revealed gastroenteritis infection, but not cholera.
He noted that gastroenteritis could be well-managed if detected earlier to avoid deaths.
The commissioner noted that the disease was an aftermath of the floodwaters that ravaged some communities in Anambra West LGA at the peak of raining season earlier in the year.
Dr Akabuike said this could be only be prevented or controlled by personal and environmental hygiene.
The commissioner called on President-Generals’ of affected communities to persuade members of their communities to access healthcare in the Primary Healthcare Centres (PHC) within their domain.
He enjoined than to administering herbal medicines, which could worsen their cases.
The commission appealed to the health workers to be on the ground to treat patients in time to avert deaths.
Other personnel of the ministry that accompanied the commissioner to the assessment visit also gave words of advice to the people.
Executive Secretary Anambra State Health Insurance Agency, and a public health consultant, Dr Simeon Onyemaechi, urged health workers deployed to health facilities in affected communities to give their best as they attend to patients with the disease.
He condemned indiscriminate and open defecation which noted was responsible for disease outbreaks, enjoining the general public to observe cleanliness so as to be free from the disease.
Anambra State Epidemiologist, Dr Chijioke Obagha, noted that some members of the communities prefer traditional medicines to going to the hospital to access healthcare.
He pleaded with the Local Government Epidemiologist to continue going from house-to-house to appeal to the sick to go to PHCs for proper care.
Obagha pleaded with the President-Generals’ to re-double their efforts in making sure that drugs provided by the government were being accessed by all.
Special Adviser to the Government on Community Liaison, Mr Chukwuemeka Elojor, thanked the commissioner for prompt intervention to their LGA.
He re-assured him that the people would be sensitised to go the PHC in time for proper care.
In a vote of thanks, the Transition Committee Chairman, Anambra West LGA, Mr Sylvester Okafor, pledged their support to the state government, as it continued to provide adequate healthcare services to Ndi Anambra.
At the end of the sensitisation, drugs were
donated to the entire LGA to end gastroenteritis disease in the affected