The Ebonyi State government on Friday dismissed the report on the outbreak of cholera in the state.
A report had said during the week that nine people died and several others hospitalized in the cholera outbreak at Ndiegu Amagu, Ikwo local government area of the state.
The state’s Commissioner of Health, Dr. Daniel Umezurike, who addressed journalists in Abakaliki after an assessment visit to the area, said when the outbreak was first reported early this month, officials of the ministry, World Health Organisation (WHO), and other relevant agencies visited the place.
He said: “We carried out rapid diagnostic tests and all tested samples turned negative.
“We also forwarded collected samples to the reference laboratory in Abuja and the microscopies all showed negative.
“When the fresh report surfaced, we visited the area with the objectives of confirming the rumour, attending to the sick people among them, collecting and testing samples, and sensitising the people on the disease.
READ ALSO: 59 die as cholera outbreak hits Nasarawa
“We saw the four persons suspected to be suffering from the disease and after thorough medical analysis, did not discover any trace of the disease.
“One said that she defecated in the morning of November 26 but has not defecated again since then and that it was not watery.
“The other persons were admitted in a nearby health facility with one of them showing pregnancy symptoms.
“Another one said that he had been on admission in the facility since November 24 while the other had been discharged.”
“When there is panic over reports of an outbreak, people can attribute the cause of any death to cholera or any of such diseases.”
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
FEATURES: Rise in Monkeypox infection troubling Nigeria’s rural population
In this features, KELECHUKWU IRUOMA goes into the rural communities of Bayelsa State, south-south Nigeria to uncover the plight of...
SPECIAL REPORT: Kwara communities groan as erosion washes away roads, property
For a number of years communities in Ilorin South LGA of Kwara State have had to live with the menace...
SPECIAL REPORT: Lack of legal provisions, cultural sentiments fueling marital r*pe in Nigeria
By Arinze Chijioke In the early days of Sandra Izuckukwu’s marriage in 2019, her husband, Sunday Izuchukwu, did everything she...
INVESTIGATION… LIVES ON THE LINE (IV): Surviving in a dangerous media environment
This investigation is on the unresolved killing of three Nigerian journalists while on assignments between 2019 and 2020. For six...
INVESTIGATION… LIVES ON THE LINE (III): Precious Owolabi was killed covering a protest
This investigation is on the unresolved killing of three Nigerian journalists while on assignments between 2019-2020. For six months, Nigerian...