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LP Flays Lagos Govt Response To Cholera Epidemic

The Lagos State chapter of the Labour Party, (LP) on Friday berated the handling of the prevailing Cholera epidemic by the state government, saying the scourge is fast spiralling out of control.

In a statement issued by the State Publicity Secretary, Mrs Bunmi Odesanya, the party flayed the Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led government as having not accorded the problem with the wholesome response it deserves.

Odesanya flayed the state government whom it accused of issuing a mere issuance of advisory and also blamed the remote cause of the epidemic on the lack of portable drinking water to the teeming residents of the state.

According to the state government, she stated that it is customary with it (state government) to treat it with levity.

“The Labour Party in Lagos State has continued to watch with amazement the less-than-warm attitude and disposition of the state government. To us in the Labour Party, it seems the state government does not appreciate the latent threat posed by the continued spread of the disease.

“Rather than tackle this very serious matter frontally by activating the state-owned health systems and facilities to tame the scourge, the best the Sanwo-Olu-led government has been able to do has been to issue an ineffectual advisory which has not in any way curb the scourge from festering,” she said.

She further added “The festivities just ended and our children are back to school. The fear of our hapless children contacting Cholera is real. What is the State Government doing about it? The inaccessible, overwhelmed healthcare system in the State is a concern for rising cases of the disease.

It is an open secret that the state government has been unable to provide the necessary infrastructure and sanitary provisions to prevent and tame the scourge over the years since the ruling political party came into power over 24 years ago.

The Labour Party commiserates with families who have lost their loved ones and prays for the full recovery of patients down with Cholera. Also, we encourage Lagosians to adhere to good health and sanitary precautions to stay safe.

“It is rather appalling Lagos State being a cosmopolitan and sophisticated environment is grappling with the Cholera epidemic in the twenty-first century when the world has moved beyond talking about this kind of avoidable public health disease”.

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