Nigeria Confirms 17 Cholera Cases, 15 Fatalities Amidst Outbreak in Lagos State”

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Lagos State has confirmed 17 cases of cholera and recorded 15 fatalities out of 350 suspected cases reported across 29 wards, according to an official statement released on Saturday.

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The Director of Public Affairs at the state Ministry of Health, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, disclosed that the government has activated its Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) at Mainland Hospital, Yaba, to manage the outbreak.

In the statement, Ogunbanwo highlighted that the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, briefed on the situation, emphasizing that the cholera cases span multiple Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the state.

“The laboratory investigations have confirmed Cholera sub-type O-1, which is associated with severe disease,” the statement noted, indicating fluctuating daily cases across LGAs despite interventions.

“To address this, the Directorate of Environmental Health in collaboration with Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency has intensified sample collection from water sources and food items in affected LGAs,” Ogunbanwo added.

The commissioner underscored proactive measures taken by the state, including the distribution of cholera kits and Oral Rehydration Solutions to health facilities, alongside public health education campaigns.

Abayomi also highlighted ongoing collaborations with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners to optimize interventions.

“As the Eid-el-Kabir celebration approaches, residents are urged to prioritize safe drinking water, thorough cooking of food, and adherence to hygiene practices,” Abayomi stressed, urging prompt reporting of symptoms to prevent further transmission.

“All suspected cholera cases receive free treatment at government health facilities,” he reassured, concluding with a commitment to continuous monitoring and updates to safeguard public health.

Residents were advised to stay informed and comply with public health guidelines to ensure their safety during this period.

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