Ogun state government has raised alarm over the outbreak of cholera in Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state. It was reported that four persons have lost their lives to the disease in the LGA. In a statement on Sunday signed by Tomi Coker, Special adviser to the governor on health, the state government asked residents to report any familiar cases of frequent stooling and vomiting. The government also requested residents to be wary of the types of foods and drinks they consumed.
“There is an Outbreak of Cholera (Aarun òní gbá méjì) in the Ijebu North Local Government area of Ogun State,” the statement reads.
“Cholera is known to occur during rainy seasons and may also be associated with poor environment and personal hygiene.
“It commonly comes 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 water before use and boil 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.”