A cholera outbreak in Cross River State is reportedly responsible for over 60 fatalities, and residents of the Obubura community are pleading with the state administration to intervene immediately.
According to an increasing mortality rate across 14 wards, more than 200 people have the disease and more than 60 have passed away.
The only supply of water for the population, it was learnt, is a river, which is used for drinking, bathing, cleaning, cooking, and excrement.
Ohorodo I of Okum Kingdom, Ovan Robert, the community’s traditional leader, expressed displeasure with the epidemic and urged the government to intervene by giving them access to adequate drinking water to prevent further outbreaks.
Fishing and the sale of river sand are the main sources of income in Obubura, one of the state’s 18 local government areas (LGAs).
The state government made a visit to the neighborhood to educate residents on the value of good cleanliness and to urge them to seek medical attention as soon as they experience any health issues.
The government will make sure that there is enough drinkable water available as a replacement for the river supply, according to the health commissioner, Dr. Janet Ekpenyong.
Health professionals from all throughout the neighborhood will reportedly start a campaign of sensitization.