The Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria has raised the alarm over what it calls “preventable deaths” arising from epidemic of cholera, which recently broke out in Zamfara, Plateau and Lagos states.
In a statement by its National Chairman, Prof. Tanimola Akande, and the National Secretary-General, Dr. Sunday Aderibigbe, in Ilorin on Monday, APHPN called on the federal and state governments to urgently accord priority to environmental health.
It also appealed to the government to ensure more provision of water amenities and improvement in general sanitation, to curb future occurrence and also stem the tide of the present epidemic.
Physicians said cholera was mainly caused by dirty environment and unhealthy human behaviour.
APHPN urged its members across the country, especially medical officers at the grass roots, to continue to provide technical support for all levels of government, and to intensify surveillance activities and other measures in order to control the spread of cholera and prevent further morbidity and mortality.