President Hubert Maga of Dahomey toured villages in the Porto Novo region earlier this month to get a first hand impression of the effects of a cholera epidemic sweeping the region.
President Hubert Maga of Dahomey toured villages in the Porto Novo region earlier this month to get a first hand impression of the effects of a cholera epidemic sweeping the region. The disease had been rife in villages alongside the lagoons of Aguegues.
Local officials, meeting the President, paid homage to the Public Health Ministry for speeding medical relief teams to the area at the first signs of the cholera outbreak.
But at the same time, they also put forward the grievances of local people -- including the pressing need for improved water supplies, medical and educational facilities.
The President was told that the current cholera epidemic provoked near panic amongst the population of Aguegues. Many of the people fled the region to seek vaccination against the disease, and risked spreading the outbreak further.
In a speech to local villagers, President Maga stressed that all people should take advantage of the vaccination facilities now available.
He added that his own visit to the area was part of his programme to make personal contact with the people of all regions of the country, so that he could evaluate the aid and development requirements of each district.
As in other fact-finding tours, the President repeated his call for all peoples of Dahomey to live in peace, forgetting partisan quarrels of the past. He concluded by warning the people of Aguegues to be on their guard against propaganda which harmed the national interest.