Lagos Assembly urges govt action against cholera outbreak

By Innocent Raphael

The Lagos State House of Assembly has called for urgent government action to address the ongoing cholera outbreak that has claimed 29 lives across several local governments as of Monday.

The House emphasized the need for widespread public education on curbing the disease.

In a statement issued on Tuesday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Eromosele Ebhomele, the House highlighted the importance of activating sections of the State health law to tackle the health emergency.

During the session, Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa underscored the necessity of investigating the source of the outbreak to facilitate better strategic planning for its resolution.

“We must encourage the government to continue to sensitise the people in every language spoken in Lagos,” Obasa stated, advocating for improved maintenance of drainages, canals, and sewage systems.

Chairman of the House Health Committee, Hon. Lawal Aina Musbau, introduced a motion urging the government to rapidly deploy resources and personnel to fight the cholera outbreak.

He stressed the importance of educating residents on basic cleanliness and ensuring that sanitation officers perform their duties effectively.

Supporting the motion, Hon. Sa’ad Olumoh and Gbolahan Yishawu emphasized the need for increased provision of potable water to residents, identifying it as a critical measure to prevent the spread and recurrence of cholera.

The lawmakers’s unified stance reflects a comprehensive approach to addressing the cholera crisis through public awareness, infrastructure maintenance, and resource mobilization.

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