Cholera: “Rivers is Fully Prepared for Any Emergency Response” — Commissioner

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The Cross River Commissioner for Health, Dr Henry Ayuk, says there is no recent confirmation of cholera outbreak in the state, adding that the state is fully prepared for any emergency response.

Ayuk, who was reacting to the recent outbreak of the disease in some states in the country, said this on Monday in Calabar a chat with journalists.

He said that contrary to some news reports, it was not true that new cases of cholera were detected in the state.

“The last time there was a confirmed case was in January and that has been addressed, this not withstanding, the state is fully prepared for any emergency response in the current wave of national outbreak.

“The public health emergency response centre has been activated, while the local government response teams have all been strengthened with adequate capacity, including commodities to handle any emergency.

“The citizens of the state are advised to adhere to precautionary measures by maintaining good personal hygiene, safe foods and water consumption, as well as avoid crowded environments,” he said.

The commissioner appealed to residents to report any experience of diarrhoea or stooling, vomiting or other cholera-related symptoms to the nearest health facility in the state.

He restated the state government’s commitment to the health and well-being of residents.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that about 40 people have been confirmed dead from the disease, while over 500 persons have been affected in the nation.


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