Cholera Outbreak: Anambra Activates Emergency Response Team Across 21 LGAs

By Chibuzor Okoye

The Anambra State Government through the Ministry of Health has activated the State’s Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers across the 21 Local Government Areas in the State in response to cholera outbreak in Nigeria.

This measure comes as neighboring States like Imo, Abia, and Delta have reported confirmed cases of cholera, prompting heightened vigilance in the state.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Afam Obidike, emphasized the importance of early detection and prevention in managing outbreaks while addressing the media in his office at the Jerome Udorji State Secretariat in Awka.

The Commissioner who disclosed that Anambra is yet to report any case of cholera, said that the emergency response teams are actively conducting surveillance in all the LGAs to promptly identify and contain any potential case.

He revealed that public education campaigns are also underway to raise awareness about cholera and emphasized preventive measures within communities.

Dr. Obidike maintained that he has taken personal initiative to engage with radio stations to disseminate crucial information and educate the public about the signs, symptoms, and preventive strategies for cholera, and described Cholera as an acute diarrheal disease caused by the bacterium vibrio cholerae, which poses significant health risks due to its potential to cause severe dehydration, vomiting, and, in severe cases, death if left untreated.

The Anambra Health Commissioner said that the transmission of cholera is primarily through the consumption of contaminated food or water, highlighting the importance of maintaining proper sanitation practices and access to clean water sources.

According to Dr. Obidike, Nigeria has been grappling with cholera burden with 1,528 suspected cases and 53 reported deaths across 31 states and 107 local governments, saying that the collaborative efforts of health authorities, emergency response teams and community members are crucial to containing the spread of cholera and mitigating its impact on public health.

He commended Gov. Chukwuma Soludo’s administration for providing Ndi Anambra with potable pipe borne water as clean water is vital to running away from the cholera disease.

/ ABS

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