PRESS RELEASE

Abia State Ministry of Health Issues Update on Cholera Outbreak
Following an alert from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on the increasing incidence of cholera cases nationwide, the Abia State Ministry of Health hereby releases the following statement:
A total of 109 suspected cases of cholera have been reported in the state from January to June 2024, across six local government areas:
Ohafia: 1 case
Ikwuano: 9 cases
Osisioma: 1 case
Bende: 17 cases
Umunneochi: 39 cases
Arochukwu: 42 cases
However, only two of the samples collected tested positive using rapid diagnostic testing (RDT), both samples were sent to the National Reference Lab in Abuja, and were confirmed negative for cholera.
The Abia State Ministry of Health emphasizes that Abia State has not recorded any confirmed positive case of cholera within the period under review.
Nevertheless, in light of the ongoing outbreak reported in some states, the Ministry has instituted response measures towards prevention and identification of any suspected cases, and appropriate treatment. As part of the intervention, citizens are advised to continue to observe preventive measures to stay safe.
Preventive Measures Include:
Ensuring access to safe drinking water
Practicing sanitation including proper handwashing and maintaining personal hygiene
Handling food safely and washing fruits and vegetables properly before consumption
Cooking food properly before eating same.
Avoiding roadside food and drinking untreated water
The Ministry of Health urges citizens to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to prevent the spread of cholera. Further updates will be provided as necessary.
Contact:
08168440992
Dr. Princess Orie Agomoh
Director Public health and disease Control.
Email:drprincessorieagomoh@gmail.com
Or
+2348030960031
Mr. Elezuo Elezuo
State Epidemiologist
elezuo elezuo email : eoelezuo@yahoo.com
14th June,2024.

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