Lagos records six death from forty-five cases in cholera outbreak
Written by Morenike Adebayo on September 23, 2016
Forty five cases of cholera disease have been recorded in Isolo Local Council Development Area, LCDA, of Lagos state, with six deaths already recorded.
Giving update on the outbreak, at a press conference in Lagos, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris explained that out of the six cases, two were brought in dead. He added that thirty six cases have been successfully managed in various hospitals across the state while four people are currently responding to treatment.
According to the commissioner, the main source of the outbreak has been traced to local consumption of Salad called Abacha, a staple food of the residents of Isolo council area. He also stated that some domestic wells within the communities are also suspected.
He then alerted that the risk of contracting the disease is mainly by poor water and environmental sanitation, including open defecation. Calling on Lagosians to imbibe personal hygiene and other control measures instituted by the state government, Idris appeals to Lagosians to stop open defecation, which has been linked to outbreak of cholera and diarrhea.