Lawmaker raises concern over reported gastroenteritis outbreak in Anambra



Mr Okechukwu Okoye, Chairman, Anambra House of Assembly Committee on Information and Enlightenment, has expressed concern over reported outbreak of gastroenteritis disease in state.

Okoye, representing Aguata 2 State Constituency, expressed worry in an interview with newsmen in Awka on Thursday.

He said that in past four weeks, many children between ages of zero and five years were reported to have contracted infection, which involved excessive stooling and vomiting.

“Today, we are experiencing one of the most leading causes of deaths in children between the ages of zero and five years.

“It is quite common during dry season and it affects children. They dehydrated as a result of constant vomiting and stooling,” he said.

Okoye said condition could lead to fever and loss of appetite as a result of bacterial effect on the immune , adding that people should maintain personal hygiene.

According to him, contact with infected food, vomitus and diapers of infected children could escalate the spread of the disease easily.

The lawmaker, who said that he had witnessed deaths resulting from gastrointestinal infections, called for urgent intervention by the state Ministry of Health to the situation.

He advocated aggressive enlightenment campaign on the prevention of the disease and other contagious diseases and hand washing to curtail the spread. (NAN)