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Overflow of River Niger: Two victims die in Edo

BY GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE

BENIN – TWO children, said to be below 15 years old, who were among the displaced victims of the overflow of River Niger along its banks in Estako Central Local Government Area of Edo State, have died due to their exposure to the vagaries of the weather.

The death of the victims is coming on the heels of alleged outbreak of chickenpox among victims, currently camped in six locations in Estako Central and Estako- East Local Government Areas of the state.

An official of Edo State Ministry of Health, who did not want his name in print, confirmed that the children died in one of the camps, where the flood victims were quartered.

The official, who at press time, was with a delegation of the Ministry that visited the six camps, said that following the development, drugs and treated mosquito nets had been distributed to the victims in the camp.

Meanwhile, the state government has swung into action to check the looming epidemic with the state Health Commissioner, Dr. Cordelia Aiwize, who was on an assessment visit to the area, saying that the government would do its best to take care of the displaced victims.

Aiwize, who expressed dissatisfaction over the poor sanitary conditions in the camps and the state of health of the victims quartered in public school buildings, ordered the deployment of medical personnel and health workers to the camps, so as to prevent the outbreak of cholera, malaria and other water borne diseases.


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