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Death Count Rises to 17 As Strange Illness Hits Anambra Communities.

Nine of the victims died in Igbedor, while three died in Nzam. Three others died in Umuenwelum, while two died in the Ode community.

Seventeen people have been confirmed as dead in some communities of the state of Anambra, after the outbreak of a disease that is suspected to be diarrhea.

The affected areas are located in the Anambra West local government area of ​​the state, Premium times met. They include Igbedor, Nzam, Umuenwenum Anam and Ode.

Nine of the victims died in Igbedor, while three died in Nzam. Three others died in Umuenwelum, while two died in the Ode community.

A community leader in one of the communities, Cyprian Akpofe, said the community generally experiences cholera at this time of year. He said he believes the victims died of cholera and not diarrhea.

His words: “It’s pure anger. All those who died exhibited all the symptoms of cholera before dying. It is pure anger. It happens here annually.

However, the state Health Commissioner, Joe Akabuike, did not agree with the suggestion of cholera.

Mr. Akabuike, who directed some ministry officials to the council area, said the deaths in the area were not due to cholera as speculation, but to diarrhea.

He blamed the outbreak of the disease on the recent flood disaster that submerged many buildings and farmland in the area.

The commissioner also blamed residents for seeking a solution through traditional means, including going to herbalists instead of accessing health facilities as appropriate.

According to Akabuike, “what we have in Anambra West is not an outbreak of anger as speculated.

“What we have is a diarrheal disease that usually occurs after a flood, characterized by vomiting and other signs, but what is important to us is not necessarily the name, but the concern that people are dying.

“We are here to tell you that this is a pure environmental challenge. I’m here with a team and a lot of drugs. “

The Health Commissioner said that Governor Willie Obiano had approved money to ensure that the situation was stopped to prevent further deaths.

His words: “They must maintain personal hygiene, wash their hands regularly, they died because they are looking for a solution from where it will never come.

“We will make the necessary arrangements to ensure that more drugs are sent and the immediate construction of a well to solve your water needs.”

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