Four people have reportedly died from a cholera outbreak in Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State over the weekend.
Speaking with our correspondent, a source who pleaded anonymity and resident within the local government confirmed this unfortunate incident
Pressed further to mention the communities affected, the source declined but said “I can tell you that we have four casualties already and efforts are already on-going to deal with this emergency, that is the much I can say for now”
However, in a statement signed by Dr Tomi Coker, the Special Adviser to Gov Dapo Abiodun on Health, made available to journalists on Sunday evening, the state government alerted the residents of the state to the outbreak of cholera in the local government.
The statement read: “There is an Outbreak of Cholera (Aarun ònígbá méjì) in the Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State. Cholera is known to occur during raining seasons and may also be associated with poor environment and personal hygiene.
“It is commonly present with stooling with or without vomiting leading to dehydration. Cholera can result in death if the severe dehydration is not promtly corrected.We implore all citizens of Ogun state to please report all cases of stooling with or without vomiting to the nearest government health facility and notify the LGA DSNO (08069788449).
“Ensure proper personal and environmental hygiene. Citizens should wash their hand frequently (before and after using the toilet or eating). Use water from clean sources, treat water before use and boil before drinking.”
“Wash and cook food thoroughly before eating. Prevent open defecation
“Please be careful of the food and water you take, because cholera is caused by water or food contaminated with faeces. Thank you all for your Support and Cooperation”, the statement concluded
Asked to confirm the number of casualties, Dr Coker said: “Good evening. I am yet to get the full situation report.”