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Lagos Suspects Cholera Outbreak As Five Die, 60 Hospitalised

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The Lagos State Government has called for increased vigilance and the adoption of precautionary measures to prevent the spread of a potential cholera outbreak following an alarming surge in severe gastroenteritis cases reported over the last 48 hours.

Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, revealed that the affected communities included Eti Osa, Lagos Island, Ikorodu, and Kosofe Local Government Areas, with approximately 60 individuals hospitalised and five fatalities, primarily due to extreme dehydration from late presentation.

“We have activated a statewide heightened surveillance and response,” Prof. Abayomi said.

“The Ministry of Health’s Directorate of Environmental Health and the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) are investigating a possible water contamination source in the Lekki Victoria Island area.

“We suspect a cholera outbreak, but samples have been taken for confirmation.”

He noted a significant increase in severe vomiting and watery stools following recent rains, stressing that urban slums and crowded areas with poor sanitation are particularly vulnerable.

“Cholera is a highly contagious disease that causes severe diarrhea and can be life-threatening.

“It poses a significant health risk in areas with inadequate water treatment and sanitation,” he explained.

 “Cholera spreads through consuming contaminated food or water and poor sanitation practices.

“Symptoms include severe watery diarrhea, vomiting, rapid dehydration, muscle cramps, fever, and sometimes collapse.”

Abayomi highlighted the importance of safe drinking water, urging citizens to boil, chlorinate, or use bottled water and to avoid ice made from untreated water.

He also emphasized the need for proper sanitation and hygiene practices.

“To prevent cholera, it is crucial to maintain proper sanitation by using toilets, safely disposing of feces, and avoiding open defecation.

“Practicing good hygiene, such as washing hands with soap and clean water regularly, especially before eating, preparing food, and after using the toilet, is essential,” he advised.

Treatment options include Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) for mild to moderate dehydration and Intravenous Fluids for severe cases under medical supervision.

Abayomi encouraged the public to seek guidance from the Lagos State Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and accredited local health facilities. He urged reporting of suspected cases through emergency hotlines: 08023169485, 08137412348, or helplines 767 or 112.

He assured the public of the government’s commitment to their health and well-being.

““We urge everyone to adopt these preventive measures and report any suspected cases promptly to safeguard our communities,” he stated, promising continuous updates.

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