Shina J. O

Cholera Outbreak Kills Eight Persons In Ikom Community

At least eight persons have been killed by the latest Cholera outbreak in Okuni community of Ikom Local Government area Cross River State.

Ikom is the fifth local government areas In Cross River hitted by the Outbreak, including Communities in Abi, Obubra ,Yala Odukpani Local Council Areas where over sixty persons have been reportedly dead.

According To Eyewitness account the Okuni Outbreak was as a result of suspected contaminated Stream used as a drinking water by the inhabitants of the communities.

Aside the dead ones, many of the affected persons have been taking to Ikom General Hospital and other health facilities around the area.

The State Commissioner for health,Dr Janet Ekpenyong, who confirmed the Outbreak however refused to mention number of casualties. She said Cross River State Government with the support of Red Cross Society, World Health Organisation and Doctors Without Borders
have been on ground in helping to calm the situation.

Ekpenyong who spoke through the Director General of Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Abasioffiong Offiong, said many of the patients on admission are responding to treatment.

Okuni,an agrarian populated community is less than five kilometer from the ikom main town which share border with Etung and Cameroon on the Eastern flank.

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