Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Fw: Cholera outbreak kills 8 in Osun

Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 03:45:23

Subject: Cholera outbreak kills 8 in Osun

THE people of Osun State now live in fear over the outbreak of cholera that has claimed eight lives in the state.

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 four lives in Ede North, two in Sogbedere village, Ede South Local Government and two 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 non-challant 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.


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