The traditional ruler of Okum Kingdom in Obubra LGA of Cross River State, HRH Ovan Robert has said the lack of clean water in his community and many parts of the state is responsible for the increasing deaths from diseases in the state.
He spoke to journalists in his palace, Monday, urging the government to intervene to save the lives of his people.
Over the weekend, there were reports of over 60 deaths from Cholera in the community while more than 200 have been hospitalised.
The monarch said his community depends on a river as the only source of water for cooking, bathing, washing, drinking and defecation.
He said for serving too mny purposes, the water source has been polluted and is now dangerous for human consumption.
Ovan Robert called on the state government to intervene by providing the community with potable drinking water to avoid more outbreaks.
Some residents of Ovonom also confirmed the situation, disclosing that the outbreak of Cholera is as a result of dirty drinking water.
Speaking on preventive measures to help curtail the spread of the epidemic, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Janet Ekpeyong who visited the community, urged residents to always visit the nearest health centre closest to them and avoid self-medication.
She promised that the state government will look into providing a potable source of drinking water for the people.
Another Commissioner, Effiom Okon said the state government has constructed boreholes in many parts of the northern Cross River and will soon intervene, too, in the affected community.
In recent times, Cholera has ravaged various communities in the state, including Ekureku community of ABI Local Government, where over 20 persons reportedly died in December 2022.



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