Cross Rivers State was hit by Cholera Outbreak

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The local government areas of Biase and Obubura in Rivers State have suffered cholera outbreaks recently, and the state government said it has taken steps to limit the outbreak.

This was made known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by Dr. Henry Ayuk, the state's commissioner for health in Calabar, on Sunday.

According to Dr. Ayu, one cholera outbreak case was identified in the local government of Obubura, and two cases in Biase.

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He said the state's ministry of health has launched an Emergency Operation Centre in the affected local governments. And Dr. Blessing Ekpenyong, who is a state epidemiologist, was appointed as incident manager to oversee the operation.

As reported by NAN, he said, “Response commodities, including drugs donated by the National Centre for Disease Control, are being put in place by the Surveillance Unit, and the Logistic Management Coordinating Unit of the state Ministry of Health will send them to the affected wards.

“The LGA’s Rapid Response Team has already been deployed to affected wards for case investigation and line listing of reported cases to contain the spread of the disease."

He then urged the people in the affected areas to seriously comply with all cholera prevention measures, including avoiding eating contaminated foods, drinking water, and eating unripe fruits.

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