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Flooding: Experts warn of epidemic as corpses float

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The Nigerian Medical Association on Wednesday raised the alarm over the floods across Nigeria, warning the country was at a high risk of waterborne diseases.

 

The President of the NMA, Dr Uche Ojinmah, in an interview with one Punch correspondents in Abuja, lamented that corpses were floating in floods, adding that the government should swing into action to prevent an epidemic.

 

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund had a few days ago, said the floods, which had affected 34 out of the 36 states in the country, had displaced 1.3 million people.

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund had a few days ago, said the floods, which had affected 34 out of the 36 states in the country, had displaced 1.3 million people.

 

The UN body said over 600 people had lost their lives, adding that over 200,000 houses had either been partially or fully damaged.

In the interview with The PUNCH, the NMA president said there were high risks of waterborne diseases in the country as a result of the floods.

 

Ojinmah said, “The wells and streams are already contaminated so there is a risk of waterborne diseases, especially in the affected states.

 

“Corpses are floating in the floods, especially in Bayelsa. The government needs to provide good camping, toilets, water and healthcare for them because they will need to be attended to medically for their health needs.”

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