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Cholera epidemic looms in FCT Abuja

Nyesom Wike, FCT minister | File Image

Abuja’s main sewage line collapses, residents in danger

By Hasan John

Cholera epidemic looms in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, as its main sewage line collapses.

The Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria (EHOAN), FCT Chapter, drew public attention to the dilapidated structure on Mondayday July 8, 2024.

EHOAN President, Ismaila Dankog, who raised the alarm, called on the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, to prioritise the matter and take decisive measures to prevent a public health crisis in Abuja.

Dankogi highlighted the severe risks posed by the incident, especially given the ongoing Cholera outbreak in the country.

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Dankogi, who spoke to NAN, emphasised the increased risk of cholera transmission due to the damaged sewage infrastructure, warning of potentially catastrophic consequences if the situation remained unaddressed.

He outlined several critical concerns, including the possibility of a large-scale outbreak, compromised environmental health services, economic challenges, and potential loss of life.

Dankogi also called for immediate action, including a thorough investigation into the cause of the sewage line collapse and data collection from the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB).

The health expert also recommended engaging reputable contractors to repair the damaged sewage network and prevent further environmental contamination.

“There is a need for the implementation of emergency measures to contain the cholera spread, including the provision of safe water by the water board, enhanced sanitation and hygiene facilities, and other preventive measures,” he said.

Dankogi affirmed EHOAN’s readiness to collaborate with the minister and agencies for a swift response, emphasising that prompt action was vital to protect FCT residents’ health.

Meanwhile, the AEPB has cautioned Abuja residents against improper waste disposal practices threatening the integrity of the city’s sewage system.

Ndidi Emma-Agbodike, an assistant director at Wupa Basin Treatment Plant, AEPB, urged the residents to avoid dumping solid waste into sewer manholes, which are crucial for sewage flow and preventing spillage.

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