Eleven persons have been hospitalised in Inoma, Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State, following the outbreak of cholera.
The Ministry of Health has deployed a Rapid Response Team to assess reported cases.
The team, despatched by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Akabuike, is led by the State Disease Surveillance Officer (SDSNO) Adaora Ejikeme, accompanied by the State UNICEF Consultant, Didien Gbofemi.
It’s brief is to stem the spread, and recommend measures at containing the disease.
Eleven patients – five boys and six girls – about 10 years’ old, are on admission at the only health facility in the community.
The patients, it was gathered yesterday, showed symptoms of excessive stooling, vomiting, acute dehydration and malnutrition.
As part of intervention to control the outbreak, the team supplied anti-microbial medicines, such as Doxycycline tablets, flagyl infusions and tablets, ciprofloxacin tabs, ciprotab infusions, ceptraxone injections, among others.
They also gave out water guard, needles and syringes and bags of water to the Inoma Health facility.
The team also visited the monarch, Igwe Emmanuel Oluta, to sensitise him and his chiefs on prevention and control measures for cholera.
A preliminary report showed that the main source of drinking water for the community is the contaminated stream.
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