19 die of cholera in Bayelsa


Some residents of Bayelsa state, particularly those living in Yenagoa, the state capital, have expressed fears over the outbreak of cholera.

The Ministry of Health confirmed that no fewer than 30 communities had been hit by the epidemic, which has claimed 19 persons as at Sunday.

A resident of Amarata in Yenagoa local government area of the state, Linda, said their fear was borne out the fact there are many cholera triggers in the area.

Another resident, Ebi, warned if the epidemic should get to the community, many persons would be doomed.

Following the outbreak across 30 communities, Governor Douye Diri had reportedly ordered supply of oral cholera vaccines to stop its spread.

Commissioner for Health, Dr Pabara Newton Igwele, said the government has established local governments’ Rapid Response Teams (RRT) to ensure active surveillance and response to any case of acute gastroenteritis or suspected cholera.

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