More than 30 persons have died in one week Benue State just as cholera outbreak in the northern state worsens.
The state’s health officials have been working round the clock to stem the epidemic which claimed over 20 lives last week, but recent deaths indicates more needs to be done.
According to a resident of North bank area of the State, Alhaji Sule Idris, who spoke to Thisday, since the outbreak, several members of his community have been infected by the disease which has claimed many lives on a daily basis, especially children.
Another resident Segun Fagbola decried the sanitary condition in the area when he spoke to Thisday. He therefore called on the State government to double its effort in providing water in the community.
“The whole problem has to do with lack of portable water in the area, how can we live by the river bank and yet there is no water in the state?”
The Benue State Commissioner for Health, Dr Orduen Abunku had last week disclosed that eight persons died as a result of infection from the disease but said the state government had provided adequate drugs to control and check its spread.
However, a check at the general hospital, north bank by Thisday, revealed that the disease was almost spreading like wildfire, as victims struggle to find bed space following the influx of patients.