Cholera outbreak: 60 dead In Cross River
Residents of Obubura community in Cross River State have called on the state government to urgently rescue them from cholera outbreak that is said to have claimed over 60 lives.
According to report the community depends on a river as the only source of water for cooking, bathing, washing, drinking and defecation, which had resulted in the increasing rate of mortality across 14 wards with over 200 infected persons as well as over 60 deaths recorded
The community’s traditional ruler, Ohorodo I of Okum Kingdom, Ovan Robert, expressed displeasure over the situation and called on the government to intervene by providing them with potable drinking water to avoid another outbreak.
The major sources of income in Obubura, one of the 18 local government areas (LGAs) in the state, are fishing and selling of sand from the river for survival.
The state government visited the community to sensitise the people on the importance of maintaining proper hygiene and advised them to visit the healthcare facilities whenever they notice any health challenge.
The Commissioner for health, Dr. Janet Ekpenyong, promised to ensure that adequate potable water will be provided by the government as a replacement for the river source.
Dr Ekpenyong promised to ensure continued sensitisation exercise by health personnel across the community.
Writing by Julian Osamoto