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NEWS: Floods; NMA Raises the Alarm Over Possible Epidemic

NEWS: Floods; NMA Raises the Alarm Over Possible Epidemic

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The Nigerian Medical Association on Wednesday raised the alarm over the possibility of epidemic in the areas ravaged by floods.

The doctor’s body therefore called for an urgent intervention to prevent widespread outbreak of diseases.

The alarm followed what NMA described as preliminary findings during its recent tour of some of the flood-hit communities in the country.

President of NMA, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, in the report of the tour made available to journalists in Abuja, said there were poor waste disposal and inadequate toilet facilities in most of the communities visited while wells, boreholes and surface water which are the sources of water in the communities, had been polluted.

He added that there were already outbreaks of cholera and typhoid in some of the camps visited.

He said, “Preliminary findings from the NMA’s assessment tour revealed that in most of the communities visited, there was poor waste disposal and inadequate toilet facilities while the underground wells, boreholes and surface water which are the sources of water in the flooded communities, have been polluted, with attendant risk of outbreaks of water-borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid, gastro-enteritis.

“In particular, in some of the camps visited there were already outbreaks of diarrhoea with some reported deaths of displaced persons. There is personal hygiene with evidence of dermatitis and scabies, resulting from inadequate supply of potable water.

“Above all, there is inadequate food supply with the attendant risk of development of Protein-Energy Malnutrition, particularly amongst Under-five children. We also witnessed overcrowding with attendant risks of air-borne diseases such as Tuberculosis, Cerebrospinal Meningitis and other viral infections.”

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