PORT HARCOURT—RIVERS State Government has confirmed the outbreak of
cholera in Andoni Local Government Area of the state, saying that about 20
persons have so far died from the disease.
State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sampson Parker, in a statement, said about
171 cases had been reported in some communities in the council. According to
him, the outbreak began on January 5.
The commissioner said the council’s rapid response team and the state
emergency response team had all risen to the task, adding that two treatment
centres had been opened in the area.
He said: “The state emergency response team and the social mobilization team
are already on ground to assess and manage the situation.
“Two treatment centres have already been established at Ebukuma and Okoli’ile
to manage cases and affected people are advised to assess the facilities,”
Dr. Parker added that bore holes would be sunk in the area as part of measures
to tackle the spread.
He appealed to the people of the state not to panic, stressing that the situation
was under control.