Ebonyi State House of Assembly has ordered the state Ministry of Health to declare a state of emergency on the health sector, following the ravaging cholera outbreak which has claimed over 70 lives in the state.
The House during plenary on Tuesday also compelled the ministry to as a matter of urgency provide and take delivery of all needed drugs to the communities hit by the epidemic.
The order followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by Hon. Christian Usulor representing Ezza South state constituency, drawing the attention of the House on the ravaging cholera which, according to him, has claimed many lives in the state.
Hon. Usulor expressed worry over the manner the scourge was escalating, which he said had claimed eight lives in his constituency, including many reports of death from other state constituencies and therefore, noted the need for the Ministry of Health to rise up to the occasion by declaring a state of emergency on the epidemic, including launching a mobile clinic to tackle the menace.
Hon. Frank Onwe representing Ohaukwu North who seconded the motion, corroborated the escalation of the scourge and stated that when two lives were lost to the epidemic in his constituency, he made a case to the Health Ministry which offered a therapeutic measures.
In his contribution, Hon. Anthony Nwegede representing Izzi East noted that the disease was rampant, disclosing that about five lives had been lost to the scourge in his community and reiterated the need for the Health Ministry to help those in the hospital
Hon. Victor Chukwu representing Ezza Worth-west, who lamented that more than 14 lives had been lost in his constituency to the menace, restated the need for prompt intervention before it worsens.
Other lawmakers who spoke observed that the areas hit by this endemic disease were not being given the needed adequate medical attention.
Speaker Francis Nwifuru after keenly listening to the contributions of the lawmakers put the motion on voice vote and it was unanimously adopted.
The House also screened and confirmed the appointment of Mr. Judge Ndukwe Ukpai as the auditor general for the Local Government Service Commission.
The House also screened and confirmed the appointees of Governor Dave Umahi into Christian and Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Boards of the state.

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