Abuja - The Senate has unanimously called on the
relevant Federal and State ministries and agencies to provide portable drinking water and toilet facilities to various refugee camps in the country.
This is to contain a deadly cholera outbreak and thwart a recurrence of Ebola.
The legislators urged the Federal Government to strengthen surveillance operations across entry points, IDP camps and communities in Nigeria to prevent such problems.
The senators also called on the relevant government agencies to step up public enlightenment campaigns on personal hygiene, prevention and treatment of cholera, Ebola and other preventable diseases.
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At least 135 people have died and scores more affected by an outbreak in Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Plateau and Rivers States.
The senators expressed concern on the recent outbreak of cholera in those parts of the country.
Senator Sonni Ogbuoji, representing Ebonyi South, said a recent World Health Organisation warning noted the threat of cholera outbreak was a major public concern in Nigeria and some developing countries due largely due to insecurity and internal displacement.
He added that lack of portable drinking water and toilet facilities was a precondition for the outbreak of cholera and other preventable diseases.
"IDP camps especially in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and many other communities in the country lack safe drinking water and functional toilet facilities, hence making the inhabitants vulnerable to the outbreak of epidemic diseases," Ogbuoji said.
- CAJ News