A global non-governmental organisation, WaterAid Nigeria, has expressed concern about the cholera outbreak that has affected communities in several states warning that more people might die of the disease.
The Country Director, WaterAid in Nigeria, Evelyn Mere, in a statement on Thursday, warned that the “global climate crisis, which is likely to lead to more erratic rains and river floods, will increase the number and severity of the outbreaks, as there will be a higher risk of floods contaminating clean water sources.”
The statement titled, ‘Deeply concerned about a cholera outbreak in Nigerian states; climate crisis likely to drive up number and severity of floods, organisation warns,’ reads further, “This recent outbreak has been the most lethal one in several years, considering the number of cases and death recorded so far.
“It shows how important clean water and good sanitation and hygiene are to saving lives. Even though the rainy season is coming to an end, the outbreak is ongoing.”
“According to an earlier report on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, only an estimated 16 per cent of the population in Nigeria have access to basic hygiene services, 44 per cent have access to basic sanitation and 46 million Nigerians still defecate in the open. Their waste is often washed away by rain, contaminating water sources like drinking wells, especially during raining season.”
To tackle the challenge, WaterAid said the Nigerian government and donors need to step up their investment in the grossly underfunded water, sanitation, and hygiene sector, which was declared to be in a state of emergency in 2018.