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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Nigeria : Govt probes Ibadan cholera outbreak

Article via Vanguard, excerpt :

" FIFTY houses in the six areas of Ibadan North West Local Government Area in Oyo State, where an outbreak of cholera claimed four lives, while 16 others are receiving treatment have no toilets, even as the state government says it has risen to curtail the epidemic.

Most residents of areas like Abebi, Ekotedo and Idi Ikan defecate in gutters and other places as feaces and other dirt littered the areas.

According to the Caretaker Chairman of the council, Mr. Wasiu Olatunbosun who paid an on-the-spot-assessment visit to areas yesterday, the epidemic was caused purely by the unhygienic attitude of the people living in the areas.

He noted that apart from other measures put in place to check the spread of the epidemic, anybody who flouted environmental law in the areas would henceforth be prosecuted."

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