The Ogun State Government has warned residents of the state to be mindful of unhygienic practices capable of giving rise to the cholera outbreaks in the state.
The government gave the warning on Tuesday in a statement issued by Kunle Somorin, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.
Somorin said the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, visited Sabo Community in the Abeokuta North LGA, “where the disease was recently reported.”
According to the statement, the Commissioner was quoted to have emphasised the need for residents to desist from poor hygiene which may introduce bacteria to their food, unclean sources of water, open defecation and unwholesome waste disposal, affirming that the state government is working to ensure that no life is lost again to cholera which she described as a treatable disease.
The statement read “Coker said the state government has stationed an ambulance at the Sabo Primary Health Centre, while also supplying all necessary commodities for immediate treatment of the disease. She added that treatment can be accessed at the health facility, as well as the General Hospital Ijaiye free of charge.’’
The disease outbreak had been recorded in Magboro in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state with 25 deaths.
Last week Monday, Coker explained that the causative agent had not been confirmed yet because appropriate samples could not be collected as there was no active case but a number of persons were receiving treatment.
She also lamented that an unregistered clinic ran by a quack had contributed to the spread by not reporting cases it had been managing.
Coker stated also that a treatment centre had been set up at the Magboro-Akeran Health Centre and the suspected public toilet transmitting the disease had been sealed for sanitization.
She said neighboring communities had been sensitised on steps to take and where to seek health care or report suspicious cases of the disease.