At least 76 persons died in Ebonyi State, following cholera outbreak that ravaged 38 communities across 11 local government areas for five months last year.
The state commissioner for Health, Daniel Umuzuruike, stated this yesterday in Abakaliki.
He said apart from the 76 deaths from Cholera, 14 other patients died of Lassa fever.
The commissioner said there was no more case of cholera outbreak in the state, assuring that the ministry would continue to sustain the surveillance effort to avert its recurrences.
“Upon assumption of office, I was welcomed with the outbreak of cholera which actually started in February, 2015 and had claimed many lives before my assumption of office.
“We quickly mobilized our Surveillance and Response Team to all the places discovered to have been ravaged by the disease.
“With the help and logistics support of the state governor, Chief David Umahi, we were able to control the five-month old epidemic within two weeks.
“Prior to our intervention, the deadly disease killed over 76 people, affected 38 communities and 11 out of 13 LGAs of Ebonyi state and used to recur on regular basis especially during the dry seasons,” the commissioner said.
He however dismissed rumours of another outbreak of guinea worm in the state.
According to him, the ministry quickly mobilized its response and surveillance teams to all those sites that the rumors emanated from and after conducting tests none of those cases were confirmed to be guinea worm.
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