*LAGOS: Spread of Cholera Increases Death Toll Rate, Case Rises – Details*

*LAGOS: Spread of Cholera Increases Death Toll Rate, Case Rises – Details*

Information reaching thenewskingdom have it that, the reported cases of cholera in Lagos State have increased to 401 with 21 fatalities.

This ugly development was made known by Dr. Kemi Ogunyemi, the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Health, in a statement released on Thursday.

According to her, Lagos Island, Kosofe, and Eti Osa recorded the highest numbers.

In her statement, signed by the Director of Public Affairs at the state Ministry of Health, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, 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. She added that the death toll has also risen to 21, an increase of six from the previously reported 15 fatalities,” the statement partly read.”

It was also gathered, through Ogunyemi that, the increase in cases was anticipated following the Ileya festivities, during which large gatherings occurred.

Ogunyemi further disclosed that the suspected cases are really subsiding across Local Government Areas, most notably in previously affected LGAs due to the state government’s interventions and surveillance efforts.

It the statement released by the Special Adviser, it was stated that the government, through the Ministry of Health and other sister agencies, is maintaining rigorous surveillance and monitoring of the situation and implementing planned programs and activities to curb the spread.

The statement reads, “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 stated.

Ogunyemi strongly advised that the citizens should endeavor to seek medical attention immediately if they experience symptoms such as watery diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain, general malaise, and fever, emphasizing that cholera treatment is provided free of charge at all public health facilities.

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