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Community where nine out of every 10 villagers have appendicitis

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“I was operated upon twice; I had to travel to Anambra State to do the surgery. I was told that my problem was due to hard work. We do a lot of hard work in Agu-Amede,” he said.

For Chiagozie Maduabuchi, a youth who said he is yet to experience appendicitis, the unusual rate of the ailment in the community is due to hardship.

Maduabuchi said, “Bad road is one of our biggest problems and we also lack potable water. We drink water from the Ebenyi River, which is very far. We usually use bicycle to get the water to the village. Because the road is bad and the river is far, fetching water is very difficult, it is hard work. Whenever I go there, I experience pains and body ache.”

Admitting the high rate of appendicitis in the community, Maduabuchi said, “Agu-Amede people usually suffer from appendicitis, but honestly I don’t know why it is so. I think it is because of the bad water. I am yet to have it (appendicitis) but so many people I know have had surgery for appendicitis.”

The councillor representing Eha-Amufu Ward 1, Isu/Agu-Amede/Odenigbo ward, in the Isiuzo local council, Hon. Prince Emmanuel Eze, admitted that appendicitis and hernia are unusually common in the community.

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