Cholera Outbreak: Ogun places hospitals on alert, as death toll hits 5

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Femi Adeleke
The Ogun State government on Friday confirmed that five persons have died in the Cholera outbreak that hit Abeokuta, the State capital.
The first case of the outbreak was recorded in the densely populated area of Lafenwa in Abeokuta, the State capital where a 33 – year – old woman was presented at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Idi – Aba, Abeokuta, on referral from a private facility on November 19.
Addressing journalists on Friday, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Adesanya Ayinde who spoke with newsmen in Abeokuta on Friday, also said twelve cases have been recorded over the Cholera outbreak.
Ayinde who was flanked the Permanent Secretary, Hospital Management Board, Dr. Nofiu Aigoro and top echelons in the Ministry, said Cholera alert had been sent to all health facilities, providing steps to take in case of any suspected case identified.
According to him, the victim, before manifestation of the Cholera symptoms, had eaten rice, she bought from a food vendor, with a sachet (pure) water.
Ayinde disclosed that after the case was recorded, there had been reported cases of Cholera linked to Kuto market and some other parts of the State’s capital.
Of the five cases, the Permanent Secretary said only one died in the hospital, while four others died in the affected communities.
Ayinde said the government was on top of the situation to contain spread of the epidemic.
“A total of twelve cases (index case inclusive) have been line –  listed, eight reported from health facilities and four picked in the communities from retrospective case search.
“One death from cases reported in the health facilities and four other deaths in the community that never reported at the health facilities, but information gathered from investigation.
“We have commenced thorough investigation in the communities to control the outbreak by visiting the affected communities (Abule Ogun, Lafenwa, Kobiti and Kuto market).
“Sensitised members of the community on the ongoing outbreak and how to prevent transmission through hygiene and safe drinking water practice.
“Cholera alert have been sent to all health facilities providing steps to take in case of a suspected case identified” Ayinde said.
He added that the government would begin sanction of houses without toilet facility as part of moves to curb spread of the epidemic.
Ayinde, however urged members of the public to maintain high standard of personal hygiene, especially those living in rural and densely populated areas.
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