Published Date: 2011-08-29 12:34:03
Subject: PRO/EAFR> Cholera - Nigeria (16): (Osun)
Archive Number: 20110829.228288
CHOLERA - NIGERIA (16): (OSUN)
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Date: Wed 24 Aug 2011
Source: Nigerian Tribune [edited]
Cholera outbreak kills 8 in Osun
The people of Osun State now live in fear over the outbreak of cholera that has claimed 8 lives in the state. Nigerian Tribune investigations revealed that the epidemic, which has affected some parts of the state in the past few days, has sent dangerous signals to the people as there are no medical officials that could come to their rescue due to the ongoing strike by medical practitioners in the state.
It was gathered that the epidemic claimed 4 lives in Ede North, 2 in Sogbedere village, Ede South Local Government and 2 in the ancient town of Ede. It was learnt that the deadly disease could spread to the nooks and crannies of the state if not promptly brought under control. Speaking on the development, a middle aged man, Adesola Adewumi, who claimed to be resident in Ede, said those who lost their lives could not receive medical attention due to non-availability of medical practitioners.
Mr Adewumi, who condemned the nonchalant attitude of the state government to the strike by health workers over the non-payment of their outstanding allowances, urged the government to act swiftly to prevent more deaths. According to him, "if the state government had paid the state health workers' outstanding allowances, the spread of the epidemic could have been curtailed. It is not good for a serious government to maintain a hard posture when it comes to matters that affect the people's health," he declared.
[Byline: Adeolu Adeyemo]
[Given the fact that Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with at least 145 million people and given the current scale of cholera outbreaks in the country, it appears the state has not yet made adequate resources available to provide adequate social services to the people to improve their standard of living. There is therefore need for more resources to be made available to improve access to safe water, sanitation facilities and improved access primary health care services. This should see the current cholera trend decline and hence reduce the cases and fatalities from the disease.
A map showing the states in Nigeria can be seen at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/States_of_Nigeria and the HealthMap/ProMED-mail interactive map of the country can be seen at
http://healthmap.org/r/19ug. - Mod.JFW]