An outbreak of cholera over the weekend claimed the lives of four people in the Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Speaking with newsmen, a source who pleaded anonymity and a resident within the local government confirmed this unfortunate incident.
Asked further to mention the communities affected, the source declined but said, “I can tell you that we have four casualties already and efforts are already ongoing to deal with this emergency; that is all I can say for now.”
However, in a statement signed by Dr. Tomi Coker, Special Adviser to Gov. Dapo Abiodun on Health, and made accessible to journalists on Sunday evening, the state government warned citizens of the onset of cholera in the local government.
The statement says, “There is an outbreak of cholera (Aarun n gbá méj) in the Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State. Cholera is known to occur during rainy seasons and may also be associated with poor environmental and personal hygiene.
“It is commonly present with stooling with or without vomiting, leading to dehydration. Cholera can result in death if the severe dehydration is not promptly corrected. We implore all citizens of Ogun State to:
“Please report all cases of stooling with or without vomiting to the nearest government health facility and notify the LGA DSNO (08069788449).
“Ensure proper personal and environmental hygiene. Citizens should wash their hands frequently (before and after using the toilet or eating). Use water from clean sources, treat it before use, and boil it before drinking.
“Wash and cook food thoroughly before eating. Prevent open defecation.
“Please be careful of the food and water you take, because cholera is caused by water or food contaminated with faeces. Thank you all for your support and cooperation,”, the statement concluded.