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17 die in suspected fresh cholera outbreak in Anambra

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No fewer than 17 persons have reportedly lost their lives in some Anambra State communities due to a disease outbreak suspected to be cholera. The affected areas are in the Anambra West Local Government Area of the state.The affected communities are Igbedor, Nzam, Umuenwenum, Anam and Ode. Nine persons reportedly died of the disease in Igbedor, three in Nzam, three in Umuenwelum and two in Ode community.

A community leader in one of the communities, Cyprian Akpofe, told newsmen that “the community usually experiences cholera around this time of the year, annually. “It is pure cholera. All those that died exhibited all symptoms of cholera before they died. It’s pure cholera. It happens here annually.”

But the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike, who led some officials of the ministry to the council area, said the deaths recorded in the area was not that of cholera outbreak as being speculated. He noted that the disease was as a result of the recent flood disaster that submerged most buildings and farmlands in the area.

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He blamed the residents for seeking solution through traditional means, including going to herbalists rather than accessing health facilities as appropriate. He said: “What we have in Anambra West is not cholera outbreak as being speculated. What we have is diarrhoea disease that usually occurs after flooding, characterized by vomiting and other signs but what is important to us is not necessarily the name but the worry that people are dying. We are here to tell them that this is a pure environmental challenge. I am here with a complete team and lots of drug.”

The commissioner said governor Willie Obiano had approved money to ensure the situation was arrested to prevent further deaths.He added: “They should maintain personal hygiene, wash their hands regularly. They die because they seek a solution where it will never come from. We will make arrangement to ensure that more drugs are sent to them and immediate construction of a borehole to solve their water needs.”

Meanwhile, suspected criminals have met their waterloo and will have to spend the Christmas in various police cells in parts of Anambra State as the pro-active security measures adopted by the police at flashpoints have yielded results leading to the arrest of a number of them, especially in the commercial nerve-centre of Onitsha.

The police, following a distress call that some hoodlums were robbing motorists in a gridlock at Central School Road Umusiome Nkpor in Idemili South LGA, swung into action and arrested some robbery suspects at about 10:00p.m. recovering arms and ammunition from them.

Police detectives attached to Ogidi Division arrested one Sunday Eze, aged 22 of Adaba village, Uzor-uwani LGA of Enugu State with one battle-axe, while members of his gang fled. He is giving the police useful information that would lead to the arrest of others.

Luck also ran against another suspected armed robber, one Gabriel Ogadi, aged 20 of Umusiome Nkpor at about 2:00a.m. yesterday following a distress call of a robbery incident at the Nkpor axis to the police patrol team that responded and recovered one locally-made single-barrel pistol.The state Commissioner of Police, Garba Umar, while briefing newsmen yesterday, said the recovered vehicle was reported stolen in November 2018, adding that the case is under investigation after which the suspect would be charged to court.

The success story according to Umar who spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, was possible due to directive of the police boss to all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Offices and Unit Heads of the police force to raid all black spots and carry out night patrols in the state in order to deny miscreants and criminal elements the opportunity to operate.


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