The Director of Public Health and Disease Control in Enugu State, Boniface Oko, on Monday revealed that more than 80 people have been infected with the disease since Friday when the outbreak was confirmed in the state.
He stated this while confirming Seven (7) new deaths from cholera disease in the State.
The health director said the state government has launched an aggressive sensitisation campaign for residents to take precautionary steps towards preventing further spread.
The state’s commissioner for health, Emmanuel Obi, had on Saturday announced the cholera outbreak at the New Artisan Market in Enugu, the state capital.
Obi confirmed that seven people died in the market with 19 persons identified with the symptoms of loose stool and vomiting, adding that the ministry’s rapid response team, upon receiving reports of the incident carried out an immediate investigation and “it was observed that the patients presented with sudden onset of passage of loose stool and vomiting.”
Okoro noted that about 14 persons have died within the last four days since the outbreak was declared.
He said many of the infected persons were rushed to the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, with others taken to an unidentified private hospital in the city.
The director said the outbreak is due to poor hygiene practices, and particularly, improper disposal of domestic and human waste, and high consumption of untreated water in the area.
Residents also confirmed that they only defecate in polythene bags and dump the contents in open trenches and pools of floodwater which many of the residents use to take their baths.
Okoro added that all affected persons have recovered and have been discharged from the hospital after treatment.
He, however, said a fresh case of the disease was reported Monday morning, indicating the possibility of a further spread if residents do not take caution.