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Cholera: Outbreak Kills 9 In Rivers Soku Community

A recent outbreak of cholera has claimed the lives of nine people in the Soku community in the Akuku-Toru local government area of Rivers State.

Sources in the community told journalists that there would be more fatalities if efforts were not put in place to mitigate the situation.

The sources said the outbreak resulted from bad and contaminated drinking water.

Meanwhile, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), in its interventionist effort, has reached out to the community with its rapid response medical team.

The team, which was sent through the Rivers State office of the NDDC, is comprised of medical doctors, nurses and other medical professionals.

Speaking on the development, the state representative in the commission board, Chief Tony Okocha, said the aggressive intervention was aimed at saving the lives of the citizens of the Soku community.

The Rivers State Ministry of Health has yet to issue any official statement confirming the unfortunate development.

Soku is an ancient repository of oil and gas exploration and exploitation, which started in 1958 after Oloibiri.

Today, the community is host to three flow stations, Soku, Ekulama I and II, the Oil Ream Development project (ORD), and the over N25 billion Soku Liquefied Natural Gas Plant.

As a result of the Rivers State government suing Bayelsa State over the ownership of Soku Oil Fields in 2019, the community was thrust into the international spotlight.