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Lagos Cholera Outbreak: Death Toll Reaches 15, with 350 Suspected Cases Reported

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The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, announced that the number of deaths from the cholera outbreak in the state has risen to 15.

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He urged residents to be cautious during the Eid-ul-Adha celebrations. In a statement released on Saturday, Abayomi revealed that there were 350 suspected cholera cases reported in 29 wards across various local government areas.

Out of these, 17 cases were confirmed, and 15 resulted in fatalities.

Abayomi explained that laboratory tests identified the cholera strain as sub-type O-1, known for causing more severe illness.

He noted that while the number of new cases is decreasing in some areas due to health interventions, new cases are emerging in previously unaffected areas.

He emphasized the importance of maintaining personal and environmental hygiene to prevent the spread of the disease.

In response to the outbreak, the state has activated its Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) at Mainland Hospital in Yaba.

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Akin Abayomi
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This center is coordinating efforts to manage the increase in severe gastroenteritis cases. The Directorate of Environmental Health and the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency are inspecting water sources and food samples in affected areas.

Additionally, cholera kits are being distributed to health facilities, and public health education campaigns are underway.

The commissioner reaffirmed the state’s dedication to controlling the outbreak.

Earlier, the state alerted residents to the outbreak in four local government areas, which led to 60 hospitalizations and five deaths, primarily due to late presentation with severe dehydration.

The affected areas include Eti Osa, Lagos Island, Ikorodu, and Kosofe.





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