Ogun raises cholera outbreak alarm

By Gideon Adonai

The Ogun State Government on Sunday raised the alarm on the outbreak of gastroenteritis in some parts of the state.

The outbreak was said to have been recorded in the Magboro, Ofada area of Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, in a statement, confirmed the outbreak.

Coker said the reported cases of the outbreak were predominant among commercial motorcycle (okada) riders and scavengers in the area.

According to her, the index case that is reported to have returned from a trip outside the state has been linked to the source of the outbreak, while a public toilet has been the channel of transmission.

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Coker in the statement said, “The causative agent cannot be confirmed yet because appropriate sample could not be collected as there were no active case yet to commence antibiotics.”

The commissioner pointed out that a number of people are currently receiving treatment to control the number of casualties.

The commissioner also noted that an unregistered clinic run by a quack had also contributed to the outbreak, as the cases were being managed unreported.

Coker, however, said a treatment centre had been set up at the Magboro-Akeran Health Centre where treatment items had been made available by the Department of Public Health, Ogun State Ministry of Health.

She added, “Neighbouring communities have equally been sensitised on steps to take and where to seek care or report any suspicious cases, while the suspected public toilet had been sealed for sanitisation.”

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