Chief Chigbogu Nwobodo, the Chairman, Ogbeogonogo Market Traders Association, Asaba, has decried the influx of sick beggars to the market and appealed to the State Government to curb the menace.
Nwobodo said in Asaba on Sunday that the presence of the beggars in the market constituted an eye saw and health hazard to traders and buyers.
He said that it was improper for sick persons to be allowed to troop into public places, especially markets, adding that the practice has become common but had serious health implications.
The chairman said the association was handicapped to salvage the situation because any move to drive them could be interpreted to be wickedness on the part of the traders.
“Even in hospitals, some sick persons are kept in separate wards because of the nature of their ailments.
“The essence of quarantining some patients is to ensure the disease is not transferred to other people.
“Here in Ogbeogonogo market, people with all kinds of health challenges roam about, begging for alms.
“This is very dangerous for traders and even those that come to buy things, including the house helps of top government officials. “People can easily contract diseases here now if nothing urgent is done.
Government should device a means to salvage this situation.
“Times are hard but the relations of these beggars should also help the society by assisting them out of public places,” he urged.