Residents of Warawa Community in Kano State have sent a ‘save our souls’ message to the state government to provide them with portable drinking water as cholera continue to wreck havoc on them.
This is despite the government’s claim of expending N137 billion for the provision of water in Gaya local local in 2021.
According to MAWA Foundation, a public accountability organisation, over 5000 inhabitants of community drink from a dirty pond and they rely solely on it.
According to the report, the residents who are majorly peasant farmers share the same pond with animals, making it worse and exposing them to various kind of illnesses which often lead to death.
Drinking dirty water has been widely acknowledged as a main cause of Cholera just as the Kano State government in an official statement last year, said it recorded 11,475 cholera cases and 329 deaths.
Sulaiman Iliyasu, the Disease Surveillance and Notification Officer (DSNO), who disclosed the statistics, said the cholera cases were reported across the 44 local councils of the state.
In response, the state government, last year, approved the sum of N137 billion for the provision of potable water in the Gaya local council, purposely to combat cholera.
However, reports indicated that Kano residents especially the rural communities, continue to die as a result of Cholera.
Tracka a public accountability organization that unearthed the situation in the community, however, appealed to the Kano State government to help provide them with clean water.