No fewer than 30 children have been reported dead following a fresh outbreak of diarrhoea in Imo State. Last month also, four children were reported to have died as a result of the infection at Nekede, Owerri-West.
The state Commissioner for Health, Mrs. Ngozi Njoku, said the death toll from the latest outbreak had risen to 30 in the last few weeks, while hundreds of children were suspected to have the infections in many local hospitals when she she received a delegation from Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited, today, Thursday, February 25
According to the commissioner, however, 65 suspected cases had been reported at Ikeduru Council Area alone while areas like Orlu, Owerri-West, Ohaji-Egbema, Owerri-North and Ngor Okpala have also recorded cases of the diarrhoea outbreak.
Diarrhoea is relatively common in remote parts of the state, where clean drinking water is often scarce, with residents frequently relying on water from streams and uncertified boreholes.