Five die of suspected cholera

Citizens of Kathier Payam in Ngop County of Eastern Lakes State have reported cholera-like symptoms over the past week that led to the dead of at least 5 people including a child.

The report came days after one of the Health Organizations in the State closed down their operation with confirmation that there were no more cholera cases reported.

Daniel Gulung Arok, a resident of the area told Juba Monitor on phone that he is aware of five people who died with symptoms of cholera in the area.

Arok said the community started experiencing the symptoms a week ago where the five now deceased were seen vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration before they died.

He said people of the area are now panicking because of what they suspect to be cholera.

Mrs. Machar Ikau, one of the affected victims said she was passing watery diarrhea and vomiting almost 8 times a day until she become unconscious. She said she lost energy before she was rushed to the local dispensary.

Ikau said there is need for the government to urgently solve the problem before it gets out of hand since it kills faster.

Health Ministry authorities in the state told Juba Monitor yesterday that they have sent an assessment team to find out what the symptoms are all about.

Miriam Paul Jibi, the Minister of Health in Eastern Lakes state said there are no cases of cholera outbreak in the area and that what happened is that some citizens are largely drinking dirty water which may have caused diarrhea.

“There are no cases of cholera. We have sent an assessment team to the area and but they reported nothing. What happened was that some civilians were suffering from malaria. Malaria can sometimes kill,” she said.

Jibi said her Ministry has intensified community sensitization on the dangers of poor sanitation and hygiene to safeguard people’s lives.

She said the state government is trying to aware people that they should drink clean water to avoid diarrhea.

Cholera is caused by a bacterium known as Vibrio cholerae, which can be found in contaminated drinking water or food. It is an infectious disease, most common in the 1800’s because of the poor hygiene and sewage systems.

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