Cholera: Ogun to lock up houses without toilet, arrest landlords

Femi Adeleke
Following the recent outbreak of Cholera that claimed five lives in Ogun State, the State government has vowed to lock up houses without toilet facilities.
The State also vowed to arrest and prosecute landlords that are found culpable.
The outbreak, last week, hit major areas such as Abule-Otun, Lafenwa, Kuto and Idi-Aba in Abeokuta, the State capital.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Adesanya Ayinde while addressing a press conference in Abeokuta, on Saturday, said Governor Dapo Abiodun had given a directive to his Ministry to lock up houses in the State without toilet facilities.
According to Ayinde, officials of his Ministry and that of the Ministry of Environment would be going round the State to carry out the directive of the Governor this week.
He said, the Governor opined that open defecation in the 21st century has become unacceptable world over given the danger it is capable of unleashing on human lives, such as cholera and other infections.
Ayinde, said that government will soon send workers out to inspect round the length and breadth of the state, warning that anyone found flouting the order will face the wrath of the law.
“Government will soon send its workers to inspect houses across the state. Any house owner who fails to provide toilet in his house will be made to face the consequences,” the Permanent Secretary stated.
Highlighting the efforts made by the present administration in the State to contain the epidemic, he said that government had swung into action on confirming an index case by commencing thorough investigation in the suspected areas and visiting the health facilities in the communities for search in case of any active complaints.
Ayinde stated that out of the five deaths reported in the news, only one was taken to government health facility, pointing out that contact tracing helped the officials to get information on the other four victims.
“Away from insinuations from some quarters, not only cholera causes vomiting and diarrhea but the index case was confirmed by a laboratory test.
“Our action is to see that we disseminate correct information to different places. We have our Information Communication Education (IEC) materials across the state, including the rural areas,” he said.
Ayinde said that the State Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta, has been identified as referral center for treatment, noting that cholera alert has been sent to all health facilities in the state in case of any suspected patient.
He added that the present administration in the state has decided to fumigate the affected areas through the Ministries  of Health and Agriculture respectively to get rid of any form of infectious diseases.
The Permanent Secretary said that health workers are on the field for continuous surveillance, adding that efforts have been set in motion to sensitise the public on safe drinking, hand washing as well as personal and environmental hygiene.
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