Cholera Update: Cases rise to 401, Death Increases to 21

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Lagos Cholera Outbreak Cases Rise to 401, Death Increases to 21

Lagos State is grappling with a rising number of cholera cases, with health officials reporting 401 suspected cases and 21 fatalities as of Thursday. This is an increase from the previously reported 350 suspected cases and 15 deaths.

Dr. Kemi Ogunyemi, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Health, attributed the rise in cases to large gatherings that occurred during the recent Ileya festivities. However, she assured the public that the state government is taking proactive measures to curb the spread of the disease.

These measures include:

Intensified surveillance: The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and LASEPA, is collecting samples of water sources, food, and beverages to identify the source of contamination. Additionally, surveillance activities in affected communities have been intensified.

Collaboration with educational institutions: The state government is working with education ministries to ensure all precautions are taken in schools to protect students upon their return.

Public awareness: Residents are urged to remain vigilant, practice good hand hygiene, and participate in community sanitation activities.

Dr. Ogunyemi emphasized that free cholera treatment is available at all public health facilities and advised residents to seek immediate medical attention for symptoms like watery diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and fever.

Lagos commends healthcare workers and partners:

Cholera Strain In Lagos Highly Aggressive, Contagious — Health Commissioner

The Lagos State Government expressed its gratitude to healthcare workers, volunteers, and local, national, and international partners, including UNICEF, WHO, NCDC, NIMR, and Red Cross, for their tireless efforts in combating the outbreak.

Positive outlook:

While acknowledging the challenges, Dr. Ogunyemi noted that suspected cases are subsiding in some previously affected areas due to government interventions. This suggests a potential slowdown in the outbreak, but continued vigilance from both authorities and residents is crucial.

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