Water ministry to intervene in cholera affected states

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– Mr Samuel Ome, the Director, Water Quality the of Water Resources, said on that plans were under way embark on surveillance of states recently affected by cholera outbreak.

Ome told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the move was ascertain the true position of things the affected states and necessary intervention.

He expressed concern that some states were continually affected by increasing cases of water-borne diseases, spite of efforts by the government confront public health risks the country.

Ome said that , Taraba, Katsina, Nasarawa, Kano, Niger and states would receive the intervention.

The director said that the would collaborate with of Health to address the worsening of cholera outbreak in these states.

“And in doing that ,we will carry quality test of the water they drink and use to know whether they conform with the regulations on the Nigerian for drinking water quality.’’ [eap_ad_2] Ome said that the team would also carry advocacy on community-based water purification system storage and testing, to ensure good storage.

“Because come with storage also; so how often they clean and wash those storage facilities they have and also how to use simple test kit.

“And we will teach them how to treat their own water with chorine tablets and other household purification systems.”

He said that the team would extend its intervention strategy toward addressing poor sanitation and personal hygiene.

Ome condemned open defecation, explaining that the practice attract flies which in turn transmit virus as touches the .

“If they defecate everywhere, flies will touch them and touch their and that will be spread the disease .

“So, we will look at sanitation using the Community-Led Total Sanitation approach as a model to raise advocacy on the promotion of open defecation free environment,’’ the director said. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]