16th July 2024
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Imo State Leadership in Diaspora Forum Cautions Citizens On On Cholera Outbreak In Nigeria. 

Imo State Leadership in Diaspora Forum Cautions Citizens On On Cholera Outbreak In Nigeria. 

President General of Imo State Leadership in Diaspora Worldwide, Chief. Engr. Sampson Udeh has urged the people of Imo State to prioritize their health and well-being by taking necessary precautions to protect themselves and families from Cholera.

Nigeria has been grappling with a significant health crisis – the outbreak of cholera. This killer disease caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacterium has posed a grave threat to public health in various parts of the country, including Imo State. 

Engr. Ude described the cholera outbreak as a serious public health concern that requires immediate attention and action, saying that the disease is highly contagious waterborne infection that causes severe diarrhea and dehydration.

He further warned the devastating effect of the disease if left untreated, saying that it can be fatal as it has already claimed lives and left many others hospitalized.

Cholera spreads rapidly in areas with poor sanitation and contaminated water sources, putting communities at risk. 

In his advise, the President General said that Prevention is the key in the fight against cholera. “To safeguard yourself and your loved ones from this deadly disease, the following are the essential preventative measures: Maintain good hygiene practices, such as washing of hands with soap and clean water, especially before eating or preparing food.* Ensure access to clean water: drink only safe, boiled or treated water to avoid contamination.* Avoid eating raw or undercooked seafood, as contaminated seafood can be a source of cholera infection. And Use latrines or toilets for disposal of human waste to prevent the contamination of water sources.* Seek medical help If you experience symptoms such as severe diarrhea and vomiting”, he stated.

Imo State Leadership in Diaspora also charged leaders of the  community to take proactive measures to raise awareness about cholera and educate our people on the importance of adopting hygienic practices to prevent its spread. Public health authorities should work tirelessly to provide clean water sources, improve sanitation facilities, and conduct health education campaigns to curb the outbreak of cholera in our communities.

In addition to practicing good hygiene, the group challenged various NGOs and community organizations to assist in providing access to clean water and sanitation facilities, saying that Improving access to clean water and sanitation can help prevent the spread of cholera and other waterborne diseases.

He called on the Governments to work in synergy with the relevant organizations to provide communities with the necessary resources to prevent cholera outbreaks.

 He reasoned that working together, staying informed, and implementing preventive measures, are potent means of combating the deadly disease and strive towards a healthier, cholera-free society.

“We should embark on public enlightenment about the symptoms of cholera and how to prevent it; we must also be vigilant in monitoring our water sources and ensuring they are clean and safe for consumption”, he enthused.

Engr. Udeh also advised people to follow the directives of health authorities and seek medical attention immediately they suspect they have been infected.

He called for a united efforts towards creatin a healthy environment, protect our communities, promote good health practices, and ensure a better future for all. Together, we can overcome the threat of cholera and create a safer, healthier environment for us and generations to come.

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