The number of death recorded from the CHOLERA outbreak in various communities in Andoni Local Government Area Rivers State has risen to 33 according to the Community Development Chairman who is keeping tabs and monitoring the situation.
The communities affected according to a health official who wants to remain anonymous include Unyeada, Ngo, Afaradigi, Samanga and Oyorokoto community. He said the people needs urgent intervention from state government noting that the health centers are overwhelmed to manage the epidemic
Meanwhile the community development committee chairman of Ngo town, Clement Sunday told our correspondent that his community alone has lost over Ten persons.
Clement Sunday said the number of death is increasing by the day as one person dies every 6 to 12 hourly due to alleged inadequate health officials to manage the over 100 persons already diagnosed with the bacteria disease in the local government for the past one week.
He called for urgent deployment of more health officials to help handle the situation.
The CDC chairman of Ngo community in Andoni LGA, CLEMENT Sunday attributed the cholera outbreak to lack of portable water in the area.
He said the people depend solely on rain water now because their streams and wells are drying up due to the harmattan.
Efforts to get Andoni local government chairman and officials of the rivers state primary healthcare management board speak on the matter of cholera outbreak proved abortive as at the time of filling this report.
Meanwhile the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health Caroline Wali confirmed the cholera outbreak to newsmen on Friday. She was however silent on the number of deaths recorded so far and the cause of the outbreak.
Caroline Wali urged the People in Andoni community to maintain good hygiene, wash their hands always and drink clean water to mitigate the out break.