Ebonyi State government, yesterday, said a total of ninety (90) persons have so far died of lassa fever and cholera in the state. According to the report, 14 death were recorded from Lassa fever disease, with 83 suspected cases recorded since the outbreak in January and 76 lives has been lost to Cholera outbreak, which affected 38 communities.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezurike, who made the announcement in Abakiliki while briefing newsmen on the level of successes the ministry had recorded, also stated that the ongoing construction of the South-East Virology within the premises of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, FETHA, was already 95 percent completed, as all the equipment needed for the centre would arrive within the week.
Dr. Umezurike noted that over 76 persons had died in 38 communities across 11 local government areas of the state since the outbreak of Cholera in February 2015, and that within five months of its outbreak, only two councils, Afikpo North and Onicha, were not affected by the epidemic.
“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.”
“To curb the cholera outbreak, we quickly mobilized our Surveillance and Response Team to all the places discovered to have been ravaged by the deadly disease and with the help and logistics support of Governor David Umahi, we were able to control the five months old epidemic within two weeks.”
He however, added that in the last one month there had not been any case of Lassa fever in the state following community sensitization and campaigns by the three Special Assistants to Governor Umahi on Primary Health Care across the 13 Local Government areas, adding that his ministry had attracted two incinerators from the National Primary Healthcare and Development Agency, which would assist in the management of medical wastes in hospitals across the state and would be sited at General Hospitals, Ezzamgbo and Onicha.
He dismissed rumours of another outbreak of guinea worm in the state, saying the ministry has been to all the areas the rumors emanated from and after conducting tests none of those cases were confirmed to be guinea worm.