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  • Updated: June 18, 2024

Cholera: Apprehension as school resumes on Wednesday

Cholera: Apprehension as school resumes on Wednesday

Cholera patients in hospital (File)

There are fears that pupils may be at risk of contracting cholera as public and private schools resume from the midterm and Eid-el-kabir festival break on Wednesday.

Cholera is a food and water-borne disease caused by the ingestion of the vibrio cholera bacteria.

Public health experts noted that the disease, which broke across the country last week, could spread fast in schools if preventive measures were not in place to prevent it.

An Osogbo-based medical practitioner, Dr Olurotimi Fagbule, in a report by The Punch said the reopening of schools after the Sallah holiday was a risk factor that must be addressed.

He called for stringent measures to be adopted to prevent the outbreak of the disease in schools as pupils resume.

Fagbule, who said prevention of cholera outbreak was cheaper than any measures to contain it, told parents to monitor closely whatever their wards would eat at home.

"Pupils returning to school after the holidays can be a risk factor. Osun State doesn’t have any suspected case yet but the situation must not be taken for granted,’’ he counselled.

Also, a former Chairman of the Association of Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, Dr Tunji Akintade, noted that there is a need to put up preventive measures in schools.

Akintade said, “School resumption is an event. In resumption, there are crowds and they will need water and they are going to be using the water and these are the indicators that encourage the spread of this.

“We need to be proactive. We don’t know the houses the children are coming from, but we do know that a lot of houses are represented in schools and if a child brings in vibrio cholera into the school, it can spread to other children."

 

 

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