Environmental health officers raise alarm as Abuja main sewage line collapses

Environmental health officers raise alarm as Abuja main sewage line collapses
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The Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria (EHOAN), FCT Chapter, has sounded an urgent alarm following the collapse of a main sewage line in the nation’s capital.

The association called on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Nyesom Wike, to prioritize immediate action to prevent a potential public health crisis.

EHOAN President, Ismaila Dankogi, emphasized the critical health risks posed by the incident, particularly with the ongoing cholera outbreak in the country.

Dankogi warned that the collapse of the sewage infrastructure could significantly increase the risk of cholera transmission, potentially leading to catastrophic consequences if not addressed promptly.

He called for a comprehensive investigation into the cause of the sewage line collapse and the collection of relevant data from the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB).

He recommended engaging experienced contractors to repair the damaged sewage network and prevent further environmental contamination.

According to him, immediate measures are needed to contain the cholera spread, including provision of safe water by the water board, enhanced sanitation and hygiene facilities

Dankogi affirmed EHOAN’s readiness to collaborate with the minister and relevant agencies for a swift response. He stressed the importance of prompt action to safeguard the health of FCT residents.

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