JUST IN: Cholera Kills Children In Cross River
The Director General (D-G), Cross River Primary Healthcare Care Agency,Dr Janet Ekpenyong has confirmed the death of seven children from cholera in Cross River State.Information Guide Nigeria
According to THE GUARDIAN, Dr Janet Ekpenyong disclosed the deaths in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Wednesday in Calabar.
Dr Janet Ekpenyong said, “Over 600 suspected cases were detected and we had a Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) conducted on them. We also did a microscopic test and culture to have a true confirmation of the cases.
“We confirmed that most of the cases were not cholera related, though we had three active cases of the disease in Ogoja Local Government Area (LGA).
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“Whenever we go for medical outreach and detect suspected cases of cholera with symptoms such as diarrhoea, we take samples immediately.
“Thereafter, the rapid diagnostic test is carried out and treatment is initiated immediately.
“Over the past two months, we have actually had seven deaths occurring as a result of cholera,” she said.
The DG who stressed that children are the most vulnerable to diarrhoea, because they play mostly with dirt and eat without washing noted that most of the cases were as a result of drinking unclean water.
According to THE GUARDIAN, Dr. Ekpenyong told NAN that her goal was working with the National Orientation Agency and other partners to sensitise mothers on the importance of maintaining hygienic habits and drinking clean water.
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