ENUGU State Commissioner for Health, Dr. George Eze, said yesterday
that several children could have lost their lives but for the timely
intervention of his ministry that nipped the reported cholera in some
parts of the state in the bud.He, however, regretted that some lives were lost.

Speaking in Enugu, Eze said: "Our prompt intervention paid off as we
were able to nip it in the bud, although we lost some lives but the percentage was minimal.

We can't say we did not lose life. They were between the three years
bracket. But as I speak to you", it has been properly arrested."

The Commissioner further said that "from our laboratory testing, it
was discovered that it was gastroenteritis, not cholera per se as
initially speculated."

Recall that the outbreak occurred last month in Enugu State, leaving
several people hospitalized, especially in Nsukka, Udenu and Igboeze
South local government areas of the state.

Immediately the incident was reported, the Health Commissioner led a
team of health workers from his ministry as well as representatives of
the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, UNICEF,
and World Health Organization, WHO, to assess the extent of the
outbreak.

They visited hospitals where the commissioner donated drugs from the
state government worth over N500,000 to be administered free of
charge.

At one of the hospitals visited, he said: "As I donate these drugs on
behalf of the governor, Mr Sullivan Chime, I urge you to do more. I
appreciate the way you have managed the disease, it shows that the
state will be at peace whenever something similar occurs in these
three councils."

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