6th October, 2010
An outbreak of gastro-enteritis in parts of Ebonyi has killed 13 people, the stateâ€™sÂ Commisioner for Health and Environment, Dr Sunday Nwangele, has announced.
Nwangele who made the announcement in Abakaliki yesterday said one person was confirmedÂ dead at Edomia in Ebonyi Local Government Area of the state.
He said that six persons were also killed at Ishielu in Ishielu Local Government AreaÂ while additional six persons were confirmed dead at Eka and Oshiegbe Community in EzzaÂ North Local Government Area.
Nwangele said the victims were rushed to various health centres for treatment, addingÂ that â€œthose admitted were treatedâ€.
He said the government through the Ministry of Health had sent a rapid response team toÂ the areas where the disease was reported.
â€œWe have received a consignment of infusion and oral re-hydration salt ( UNICEF Solution)Â and distributed them to all hospitals to curb the spread of the disease,â€ he said.
The Commissioner said that monitoring vehicles had been distributed to community controlÂ teams, environmental health officers for enlightenment and control of the disease.
â€œThe disease can be controlled through washing of hands after using the toilet, avoidingÂ indiscriminate disposal of faeces and washing of food items,â€ he said.
Commenting on the issue, Mrs Josephine Elechi, Wife of the Governor of Ebonyi, urgedÂ people to clean their environment to control the disease.