2-yr old baby, mother die in Akpoha cholera outbreak


A two year old boy, Augustine Agha Elemchi, and his 20-year-old mother, Mary Elem have died in the cholera outbreak in Amaegbu Amata, Akpoha, Afikpo North local government area of Ebony State.

Mary Elem was said to be nursing her six-month-old baby before her sudden death.

A relative of the deceased, Chief Augustine Agha disclosed this to Glonat Newsonline in the community on Tuesday.

Mr. Agha said he lost the wife of his younger brother and her two-year-old son to the cholera outbreak that occurred in the community.

About nine persons have died from the disease since last week after it broke out in the community.

He noted that it was Augustine that first died before his mother after the boy vomited and was administered drugs.

He described the death of the woman and her baby as painful.

He noted that the 20-year-old mother developed a stomach problem at night and died in the morning.

However, the state government Tuesday promised to sink ten boreholes in Afikpo North as a way of tackling water scarcity in the Council.

Governor David Umahi disclosed this when he visited patients of cholera outbreak at Amata Akpoha MDG Hospital.

Umahi while thanking the Chairman of Afikpo North Local Government Area, Mr. Uchenna Nnajiofor, the Commissioner for Health, Dan Umezurike, and Health Workers at the facility for efforts in saving lives of the patients, said his administration would also construct modern toilets in the area within the next two weeks.

“The Commissioner for Water Resources, the Commissioner for Health and all the leaders here will tell us where to sink ten boreholes and construct toilets here, to start latest by the 6th of January.”

“There is nothing as good peace, the same way we should not allow the division to come in between us, when leaders struggle for supremacy, it is a terrible thing because there is a place for everybody,” he said.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezuruike said over one hundred patients have been successfully managed at the health facility and thanked the State Government for giving the health stakeholders the wherewithal.

The Governor later donated hundreds of bags of rice, wrappers, two cows, and sums of money to the patients and health workers at the hospital.

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