No fewer than 30 children have so far died in Imo State as a result of fresh outbreak of diarrhea which is said to be relatively common in the 637 autonomous communities in the state due to absence of potable water.
The development it was gathered compel the residents to resort to the use of water from streams and uncertified boreholes for consumption.
Speaking when she received a delegation from the Nigeria Agip Oil Company Limited, the commissioner for Health, Ngozi Njoku, said that the death toll from the outbreak of the deadly disease had risen to 30 in the last few weeks, while several others affected by the scourge were receiving treatment in various hospitals in the state.
She said that four children died last month as a result of the infection in Nekede, in the Owerri West council area.
The commissioner, however, said that 65 suspected cases had been reported in the Ikeduru LGA, while areas like Orlu, Owerri West, Ohaji/Egbema, Owerri North as well as Ngor -Okpala had similarly recorded cases of the dreaded disease in their areas.