NDDC intervenes to preserve lives in Rivers community following cholera outbreak

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The Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has dispatched a ‘Rapid Response Medical Team’ made up of Medical Doctors, Nurses, and other medical professionals to Soku Town in a swift response to the outbreak of cholera in Soku Community in Akuku Toru local government area of Rivers state.

It will be recalled that the Rivers state representative on the NDDC board, Chief Tony Okocha, has been emphasizing that the Rivers State Office of the NDDC, under his leadership, will prioritize human capital development.

The Rapid Response Medical Team, which took off from the Abonema/Bonny Jetty on Sunday afternoon, is anticipated to begin medical interventions immediately upon arrival in the oil-rich hamlet.

“We boasted that Rivers State residents will feel our impact in NDDC. At the most recent Board meeting in Uyo, I was able to persuade my colleagues to graciously approve emergency health intervention for Soku and other satellite communities affected by Cholera and other water-related illnesses.

“I am pleased to report that we have taken action to alleviate the disease’s severe symptoms and prevent it from spreading. We received an SOS letter from the community worrying about a Cholera outbreak caused by contaminated drinking water. They warned that if not addressed immediately, there will be a harvest of dead,” Okocha stated.

Another source indicated that “the outbreak began in the fourth quarter of last year and worsened with fatalities reported in December and January of this year.” The Rivers State Rep received a series of ‘SAVE OUR LIVES’ letters and demands from Soku Communities and presented them to the recent NDDC Governing Board meeting, receiving a node for Swift reaction. As a result, this Rapid Response Medical Intervention has begun today.”

The state’s Akuku Toru local authority has already confirmed some fatalities as a result of the dangerous disease epidemic.

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