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Ogun govt raises alarm over cholera outbreak in Ijebu


By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta

Ogun State government on Sunday raised the alarm over the outbreak of cholera in Ijebu North Local Government Area of the State.

The Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Health, Dr. Tomi Coker made this known in a statement issued and signed by her.

Coker said, “There is an Outbreak of Cholera (Aarun òní gbá méjì) in the Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State.”

She revealed that cholera usually occurs during rainy seasons and may also be associated with poor environmental and personal hygiene. The disease, she said, presents with stooling with or without vomiting, leading to dehydration.

She stated, “Cholera can result in death if the severe dehydration is not promptly corrected.”

Coker urged residents of the State to report all cases of stooling with or without vomiting to government health facilities “and notify the LGA DSNO (08069788449).”

She charged the people to ensure proper personal and environmental hygiene, asking them to wash their hands frequently.

Coker advised: “Use water from clean sources, treat water before use, and boil before drinking. Wash and cook food thoroughly before eating. Prevent open defecation”.

She implored people to watch the food and water they consume, adding that Cholera is caused by water or food contaminated with faeces.