Cholera outbreak: Ogun confirms five deaths, begins extensive fumigation

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The Ogun State Governor yesterday confirmed the out-break of cholera which it said had claimed five lives out of the 12 cases reported.The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Adesanya Ayinde, who spoke to journalists in Abeokuta, the State capital disclosed that one of the victims died at the hospital while the other four died in their communities.He listed the communities where the outbreak has so far occurred to include Koboti, Abule- Otun and Lafenwa, all in Abeokuta.

Ayinde assured that the government “Is on top of the situation,” disclosing that the government had commenced thorough investigation and “ We are currently fumigating the communities to prevent further outbreak.”Ayinde also added that cholera alert had been sent to all health facilities, suggesting steps to take in case of a suspected case is identified.He said the State hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta had been identified as referral centre for treatment and the hospital had been provided with materials to manage cases.

He said, “ A total of 12cases have been listed, eight reported from heath facilities and four picked in the communities from retrospective case search. One death from cases reported in the health facilities and four other deaths in the community that never reported at the health facilities but information gathered from investigation.”

Ayinde said that the government through Water Corporation would commence screening of local sources of water in the communities and warned the residents of the state to desist from open defecations, saying that any house found without toilet would be sanctioned.Ayinde appealed to the people to maintain good personal and environmental hygiene, urging them to wash their hands after going to the toilets. 

The Guardian

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