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  • Updated: June 15, 2024

Lagos state government confirms 350 cases of cholera

Lagos state government confirms 350 cases of cholera

Cholera patients in hospital (File)

The Lagos State government have confirmed 350 suspected cases of cholera  have been confirmed by the Lagos State government, in 29 wards across some local government areas, LGAs, of the State.

The State’s Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, who made the disclosure on Saturday while speaking on steps taken to control the outbreak, said, 17 cases are confirmed with 15 fatalities.

According to Abayomi, 350 suspected cases of cholera were reported in 29 wards across multiple LGAs in Lagos State with 17 confirmed cases and 15 fatalities so far, adding that, “The laboratory investigation and test results have so far confirmed Cholera sub type O-1. This subtype is associated with more severe disease. The pattern of new cases per day varies across LGAs, according to our ongoing surveillance and monitoring updates.

“Although this is an increase from the numbers published 3 days ago, cases are now dramatically subsiding in previously affected LGAs due to our interventions and surveillance efforts, however we are recording some new cases in previously unaffected LGAs, signalling the need for residents to adhere strictly to precautionary, personal, and environmental hygiene measures.”

The commissioner disclosed that the directorate of environmental health of the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency of the Ministry of Environment, have collected samples of water sources, food and beverage samples in all the affected LGAs, while inspections of facilities were ongoing.

“We are prepositioning cholera kits in health facilities across the State. Our efforts to control the outbreak also include the distribution of Oral Rehydration Solutions,ORS, public health education campaigns,” he explained.

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