The Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Joseph Albasu Kunini has raised alarm over an outbreak of cholera epidemic which has killed no fewer than 10 people in Lau state constituency, which he represents in the parliament.
About 100 other victims have also been hospitalised and in urgent need of medical attention.
During plenary on Monday, the Speaker moved a motion lamenting that the cholera outbreak has become perennial in the constituency.
According to the Prof. Kunini, the cholera outbreak, which occurred a couple of days ago, has spread like wildfire, warning that if the epidemic was not nipped in the bud, it could affect neighbouring local government areas in the state and even beyond.
Part of the motion read: “This Honourable House is aware that by the second week of July 2022, there was a sudden outbreak of the deadly cholera epidemic believed to be caused by the flood as a result of heavy rainfall in Lau Local Government Area of the state affecting Bwei Yaka, Donadda ward, Kunini in Kunini ward, Garin Magaji ward and Garin Dogo ward, all in Lau Local Government Area with about 100 people, including women and children, affected and over 10 persons reportedly lost their lives.
“If prompt measures are not taken, this deadly disease will continue to spread like wild fire thereby causing havoc on the socio-economic and political activities of the people, not only in Lau but in other parts of the state and beyond.
“Note that only recently government response to the outbreak of the corona epidemic brought about untold hardship to the people as well as witnessed series of lockdown and, therefore, as a government there is the need to act fast, to ensure history is not repeated”.
The motion was seconded by the Chief Whip, Hon. John Kizito Bonzena, who and represents Zing state constituency, while other members contributed and supported. They called on the appropriate authorities to rise up to the challenge.
The House resolved that the executive arm of the state government “should, as a matter of urgent priority, direct the Ministry of Health, the Taraba State Primary Health Care Development Agency and any other agency saddled with the responsibility of health care delivery to move fast to do all within their capabilities to curb this menace of cholera outbreak in Lau Local Government Area of the state”.
The parliament also resolved “that the government should direct the State Emergency Management Agency to provide relief material, including food, shelter, medicals and other palliatives to the affected victims of the cholera epidemic; that the executive arm of government should promptly notify the Federal Ministry of Health and other partners in health care delivery to move in as quickly as possible to contain the menace.
“That the state government should put in motion measures to prevent the spread of the disease to other parts of the state.
“That the Ministry of Health and the Primary Health Care Development Agency should pay special attention on the outbreak of the disease and conduct research on the peculiarity and perennial outbreak of the disease, specifically in Lau Local Government Area”.