Eight people in Murke village of Song Local Government Area of Adamawa State were confirmed dead by an epidemic suspected to be cholera while about 117 people are currently receiving treatment in public and private hospitals in the area.
Residents told our correspondent that the epidemic struck the village following the vandalization of the solar-powered borehole provided by the government in the area by vandals making them resort to the use of the only water source in the area which is contaminated due to rainfall.
A resident of the area, Mohammad Chubado said the epidemic struck the town early this week where two people lost their lives but within the next two days, many people were affected, leading to the death of eight people. Many afflicted residents were admitted at medical facilities in the town.
Residents of the area condemned the attitude of the member representing the local government in the state House of Assembly, Simon Issa, as they said he failed to show any show of remorse either through sympathy visit or assistance with drugs, adding that instead, it was the member representing Fufore/Gurin in the House of Assembly, Sadiq Dasin, who deemed it fit to come to their rescue.
In the wake of the epidemic, the member representing Fufore in the state House of Assembly Sadiq Dasin, donated drugs to the village to provide succor to the community.
While donating the drugs, Dasin urged the people to be extra vigilant in protecting infrastructural facilities in other to guard against similar ugly occurrence in the future.
The village head of Murke who confirmed the death of eight people also showed dissatisfaction with the member representing Song for avoiding them in a time of distress.
Also commenting on the issue, the Assistant Director, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Primary Health Care, Eban Mozan Local Government, said eight people have died from the epidemic, adding that blood samples of the affected people have been taken to Abuja and Lagos for test to identify the ailment.