It is saddens the heart and also constitutes a national disgrace that cholera is still killing people in Nigeria in this 21st century.
Report from Bayelsa State has it that the death of cholera outbreak in the state has rising to 36, with six more persons reported dead in the Ologi community of Ogbia Local Government Area (LGA) where the president hails from.
Several persons, including women and children, are also reported to be in critical condition in the area.
Cholera a disease caused by poor access to potable water, is prevalent in endemic proportions in Sagbama LGA, Gov Seriake Dickson LGA of origin, as well as Southern Ijaw LGA, which is the LGA of the the Speaker of the Bayelsa House of Assembly. Observers say this is an indication that political office holders couldn’t care less about their own people.
It would be recalled that the epidemic had been earlier reported in Southern Ijaw and Sagbama LGAs, with a combined death toll in the two council areas of 30 persons.
Confirming the latest development to newsmen, on Thursday, Chief Obedient Emoto, who represents Ogbia constituency II in the State Assembly, said the cholera outbreak has thrown the affected community and its neighbours into confusion.
According to Emotor, the development is causing fear and untold hardship in the area.
He warned that unless urgent steps were taken, the outbreak could claim more lives as well as spread to other neighbouring communities.