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  • Updated: June 20, 2024

Cholera outbreak: Death toll in Lagos rises to 21, suspected cases reach 401

Cholera outbreak: Death toll in Lagos rises to 21, suspected

The cholera outbreak in Lagos has taken a dire turn, with the death toll rising to 21 and suspected cases increasing to 401, according to Dr Kemi Ogunyemi, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Health. 

The affected areas, according to Ogunyemi, include Lagos Island, Kosofe, and Eti Osa, with the highest number of cases reported in these areas.

"The rise in cases was anticipated following the large gatherings during the Ileya festivities," Ogunyemi said.

"However, we are encouraged that suspected cases are subsiding across LGAs, particularly in previously affected areas, due to our interventions and surveillance efforts."

The Lagos State Government has swung into action to combat the outbreak, with the Ministry of Health and other agencies working tirelessly to: "Collect samples of water sources, food, and beverages to identify the source of contamination," Ogunyemi explained.

 "We are also intensifying our surveillance activities in communities, particularly in affected local government areas, to address the situation head-on", she said. 

The government is also working with educational institutions to ensure precautions are taken to protect children and scholars as they return to school. "We are working with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education as well as the Ministry of Tertiary Education to ensure all precautions are taken in our schools to protect children and scholars," Ogunyemi said.

She urged residents to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to stop the spread of cholera. 

"We urge citizens to seek medical attention immediately if they experience symptoms such as watery diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain, general malaise, and fever," she stressed.

"Cholera treatment is provided free of charge at all public health facilities."

The State Government has also extended gratitude to local, national, and international partners for their support in combating the outbreak. 

"We appreciate the support of UNICEF, WHO, NCDC, NIMR, Red Cross, and others for their assistance in combating the outbreak.

"We also thank the dedicated team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, lab scientists, environmental health officers, Water Corporation officers, surveillance officers, heads of agencies, members of PHEOC, and volunteers who are working around the clock to combat the disease and keep Lagos safe," Ogunyemi added.

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