Ambunti cholera awareness progressing, says officer

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The National- Thursday, February 10, 2011

 CHOLERA awareness in Ambunti in East Sepik is progressing well and into its second month.

Awareness included surveillance visits to the affected site at Iniok village and risk awareness to other villages along the banks of the Sepik River.

Health extension officer in Ambunti Dominica Wain said, so far,  two health teams had covered about 25 villages and had yet to cover those along the border of East and West Sepik along the May River.

She said almost 80% of the villages covered did not have proper water and sanitation systems in place.

“We encouraged the villagers to boil water before using for cooking and drinking if they don’t have proper water catchments,” Wain said.

She also commended the efforts by local health workers since last December when the first confirmed cases were reported.

Wain also thanked Frieda mine developer Xtrata for its contribution.