Rivers denies cholera outbreak

| February 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi

THE Rivers State Government has denied reports that seven people lost their lives to outbreak of cholera in Kula, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the state.

A Port Harcourt-based radio station announced on Sunday that there was an outbreak of cholera in Kula community and added that seven persons had died as a result of the alleged epidemic.

It was indicated in the radio report that lack of potable water and poor sanitary condition had led to the cholera outbreak.

The Director of Public Health in the state Ministry of Health, Dr. Akuro Okujagu, described the report as false and unfounded.

Okujagu, who said he was not aware of how the report came about, described same as the handiwork of mischief makers.

He said, “I don’t know how that news came about. I have been investigating the matter since my attention was drawn to it. There is nothing like that. We are still investigating, but right now, I can assure you that there is no such incident.

“We lost one of our staff and he was buried three days ago. Many people went for that burial and nobody heard anything about death from cholera. I think somebody is trying to be mischievous.”

Also, an official of the State Ministry of Health blamed the report on the activities of a person in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, who specialised in raising false alarms.

The official, who asked not to be named, said, “There was no cholera outbreak in Kula community. The story is not and remains unfounded. Members of the public should ignore it.”

A community leader in the area, Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe, denied any death from cholera outbreak in Kula, even as he said that the community had no good source of drinking water.

Reacting to the report, the Chairman of Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, Mr. Theodore Georgewill, insisted that there was no cholera outbreak in Kula.

“I wonder where people got that information from without confirming from the authority. There was a reported case of cholera outbreak in the area two years ago, but efforts have been intensified by both the council and the state government to forestall a recurrence,” Georgewill added.


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