Cholera, a very deadly disease, appears to have gotten a stronghold of Lagos State.

Sadly, the Ileya celebrations, which featured large number of gatherings aided the spread of this disease.

Lagos Island, Eti Osa: See Areas In Lagos With Highest Numbers Of Cholera As Death Toll Hits 21
Cholera Patient receiving treatment

As we speak, suspected cases of cholera in the state has increased to 401 with 21 fatalities.

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This was brought to public notice by The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Health, Dr Kemi Ogunyemi.

Ogunyemi emphasised that Lagos Island, Kosofe, and Eti Osa recorded the highest numbers.

Cholera In Lagos

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs at the state Ministry of Health, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo on Thursday.

The statement read: “Following the last update on the cholera outbreak in Lagos, which reported 350 suspected cases and 15 fatalities.

The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Health, Dr Kemi Ogunyemi, disclosed that the total number of cholera cases has increased to 401 across Lagos.

With Lagos Island, Kosofe, and Eti Osa recording the highest numbers.”

“Dr. Ogunyemi revealed this today while providing an update on the outbreak after meeting with members of the Lagos State Public Health Emergency Operations Centre.

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She added that the death toll has also risen to 21, an increase of six from the previously reported 15 fatalities.”

Ileya

Speaking further, Ogunyemi explained that the rise in the cases was anticipated.

This is as a result of the Ileya festivities, during which large gatherings occurred.

However, she added that suspected cases are subsiding across Local Government Areas, particularly in previously affected LGAs.

This, according to her is due to the state government’s interventions and surveillance efforts.

Also Read: Cholera Outbreak: Why Lagosians Are At Higher Risk

The Special Adviser stated that the government, through the Ministry of Health and other sister agencies, is maintaining rigorous surveillance and monitoring of the situation.

The government is also implementing planned programs and activities to curb the spread.

Surveillance Activities

“The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the State Ministry of Environment and its agency, the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, continues to collect samples of water sources, food, and beverages to identify the source of contamination.

We have also intensified our surveillance activities in communities, particularly in affected local government areas, to address the situation head-on.”

“We are also working with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education as well as the Ministry of Tertiary Education to ensure all precautions are taken in our schools to protect children and scholars as they return.

Residents must, however, remain vigilant, practice good hand hygiene, and participate in community sanitation activities to stop the spread of cholera,” she added.

Ogunyemi advised that citizens seek medical attention immediately if they experience symptoms.

According to her, the symptoms include, watery diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain, general malaise, and fever.

She stressed that cholera treatment is provided free of charge at all public health facilities.

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