Akwanga LG Chairman denies rumours of cholera outbreak

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Mr Abashiya Koto, Chairman of Akwanga Local Government of Nasarawa State has denied rumours of cholera outbreak in the area.

Koto told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Akwanga that insinuations of the presence of the scourge in the area were unfounded.

"No body lost his or her life as a result of cholera outbreak in Akwanga as alleged in some quarters, there is no cause for anybody to panic.

"Let me tell you, it is not true there is cholera outbreak in this area but it is true that three persons lost their lives last Sunday due to diarrhea and vomiting.

" But it is not cholera as alleged in some quarters.

"When the council heard that three persons lost their lives in Gudi Primary Health Care Clinic in this local government, I went there personally with health experts including officials of World Health Organisation (WHO).

"The health experts took samples and conducted tests and it was discovered that it is diarrhea and vomiting but not cholera as been speculated.

"I want to call on the people of this area and the state to remain calm and avoid being panicky as my administration is ready at all times to improve on their health and wellbeing, " he said.

Koto however urged the people to improve on their personal hygiene and environmental sanitation to guard against diseases.

He further urged them to avoid incessant dumping of refuse into drainage, gutters, markets areas and other unauthorised places in the interest of their health and that of the nation.

"People should always drink good water and keep their dustbins tightly covered at all times as debris from uncovered dustbins go straight into gutters which could lead to the spread of communicable diseases, " he said.

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