Saturday, November 30, 2019

Cholera outbreak kills five people in Ogun State

In 12 reported cases of cholera on Friday at Lafenwa, Abeokuta North local council of Ogun State, no fewer than five persons have been confirmed dead.

The Permanent Secretary in the state’s Ministry of Health, Dr Adesanya Ayinde, said at a news conference in Abeokuta that one person died in the hospital and four in the affected communities.

He listed the communities to include Kuto, Kobiti, Abule-Otun, Lafenwa, all in Abeokuta.

Ayinde revealed that eight cases were reported from health facilities and four picked in the communities from retrospective case search and confirmed through laboratory test.

He said the State Epidemiology unit had earlier received a report of a laboratory-confirmed case of cholera from the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, after which it immediately swung into action.

According to him, the state government is on top of the situation, adding that it has commenced thorough investigation and currently fumigating communities to prevent spread.