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Imo: Residents Risk Lasser Fever, Cholera Outbreak

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Posted: Sep 30, 2016 at 5:52 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)




 There are indications that residents in Owerri, the Imo State capital, threatened by dreaded diseases known as Lasser fever and cholera following the inability of the state government to clear heaps of refuse along the streets of the area.

Dr. Philips Njemanze, a renowned medical practitioner, said in an exclusive interview that the said diseases might hit residents since there were possibilities of rats and flies feeding from the refuse dumps in the last two weeks and back to people’s houses within the state capital.

“The people are already facing two major health threats of cholera and Lasser fever in Owerri because rats and other like animals feed from the dumping sites and get back to people’s houses. As long as the rats can penetrate residential houses, they are bound to eat foods within the house thereby poisoning the people’s foods,” said Dr. Njemanze.

He accused Governor Okorocha of deliberately wanting to punish the people of Owerri by allowing heaps of refuse along Dauglass road and other streets in Owerri for resisting his forceful attempt to relocate the Owerri main market.

He said that despite alleged governor’s attempt to muzzle Owerri indigenes, using a disease inflicting strategy for his people to bow, “relocation of the market will not work and we are determined to resist the governor with our blood and water. At worst, we will remove the refuse heaps ourselves to save the lives of our people”.

Earlier, governor Rochas Okorocha indicated his willingness to forcefully relocate the Owerri main market popularly known as Eke-Ukwu Owerri to another local government, stating that the market is currently constituting traffic and other environmental hazards within the state capital.

The governor disclosed that part of his strategy to relocate the market was to close all entrance leading into the market at the expiration of his deadline September 30, 2016.

He also threatened that any trader in the market who refused to vacate from the area would lose his goods.

However, residents of the state capital have called on the governor to urgently remove the refuse heaps to avert possible epidemic and numerous lives likely to be lost if the refuse heaps were not cleared.