At least eight persons have been killed by the latest Cholera outbreak in the Okuni community of the Ikom Local Government area of Cross River State.
Ikom is the fifth local government area In Cross River that was hit by the Outbreak, including Communities in Abi, Obubra, and Yala Odukpani Local Council Areas where over sixty persons have been reported dead.
An eyewitness account states that the Okuni Outbreak was a result of a suspected contaminated Stream used for drinking water by the inhabitants of the communities.
Aside from the dead ones, many of the affected persons have been taken to Ikom General Hospital and other health facilities around the area.
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The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Janet Ekpenyong, confirmed the Outbreak but refused to mention the number of casualties.
She said the Cross River State Government, with the support of the Red Cross Society, World Health Organisation, and Doctors Without Borders,
have been on the ground in helping to calm the situation.
Ekpenyong who spoke through the Director General of the Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Abasioffiong Offiong, said many of the patients on admission were responding to treatment.
Okuni, an agrarian populated community is less than five kilometers from the Ikom main town which shared borders with Etung and Cameroon on the Eastern flanks.
(Editor: Nkoli Omhoudu)