Ogun State Government has said that it was ready to partner stakeholders to prevent recurrence of cholera outbreak in the State, by ensuring that more than 80 percent of the citizenry, particularly rural dwellers, enjoy adequate and hygienic water supply.
The State Commissioner for Rural Development, Engr. Taiwo Oludotun, stated this while receiving in his office, team from the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Abuja, who were in the State to sensitize and educate the joint WASH Sector Emergency Working Group on Monitoring, Assessment and Intervention, in response to cholera outbreak in the State.
Engr. Oludotun who noted that access to potable water in the State has risen from 40 percent to 67 percent in the rural communities, appreciated the team for visiting the State at the peak of dry season, when the risk of water borne diseases was high, urging them not to monitor the cholera hotspots alone but all communities in the urban and rural areas.
The Commissioner emphasized the need for the Federal Government to give necessary support to the State for improved water supply to rural areas.
Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Lekan Lukan, represented by the Director, Planning Research and Statistics, Mr. Adekunle Oyesanwen, noted that the Ministry, being the closest to the rural dwellers, would take the campaign against cholera to their doorsteps, assuring of continued measures aimed at preventing further outbreak.
In his remark, the State Programme Manager, Programme for Expanded Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH), Mr. Sola Ogunbo, assured the group of State Government’s support, saying Ogun State Rural Water and Sanitation Agency would work with them to ensure hygienic environment for the people.
In his contribution, the Team Leader, Deputy Director, WASH Response and Collaboration, Mr. Olu-Daniels Ibiyemi, noted that the visit was imperative to sensitise stakeholders on the danger of open defecation, which he noted was a major cause of cholera, encouraging government to factor building of toilets closer to every public institution towards stemming the recurrence.
Taoheed Lawal & Nosimot Soneye,
Press Officers, Min. of Rural Dev.