Godwin AJOM, Calabar
The member representing Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Dr Alex Egbona is worried by the devastating effect of the cholera outbreak that his Ekureku people of Abi Local Government Area of Cross River State.
He has expressed sympathy with families who lost their loved ones as a result of the epidemic, even as he has offered some assistance to the community over the epidemic.
In a statement, Egbona said it was unfortunate and painful that his people had to suffer as a result of the cholera outbreak.
Apart from his direct personal intervention to the community, he said he had reached out to the state government for immediate stop further spread and noted that he was excited that health professionals had moved into the community.
“My heart goes to the families whose loved ones have died as a result of the epidemic.
“It saddens my heart. Every life is important. I do not know exactly how many people have died, but I am told that some lives have been lost. May God comfort the bereaved families.
“When the information got to me, I quickly reached out to the state government and I am glad to report that as at this night, some health officials have gone into the village for immediate action to arrest the situation,” he said.
Egbona said he will monitor the situation and make sure that the epidemic is contained and those who have been hospitalised properly taken care of.
The epidemic which broke out last weekend was said to have to have claimed about 30 lives before the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Cross River state ministry of health mobilised resources and personnel to the area.
“Yesterday a team left to that place, as we speak, the state epidemiologist and some persons from our office, left to that place (Ekureku), today WHO team also left to Ekureku, with other teams too, to remedy the situation.
Villagers who pleaded anonymity disclosed that over 20 persons have died of cholera disease across the villages. According to them, the communities have sent rescue messages to their sons and daughters in the health sector to come home to salvage the situation just as they have also contacted the WHO for quick intervention.