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Cholera Outbreak: Oyo govt warns residents on proper hygiene

 

Oyo state government, on Friday, confirmed cases of cholera outbreak in three local government areas of the state.

The confirmed cases recorded in Kisi, the headquarters of Irepo Local Government Area, Destitute center in Akinyele Local Government, and a remote area in Ido local government were said to be under control.

Addressing newsmen on the containment of the disease in Oyo state, the permanent secretary, state ministry of health, Dr. Ayoola Adebisi, said the disease surveillance and notification officers in all the 33 local government areas of the state have been put on alert to institute preventive measures against the outbreak of Cholera in the pacesetter state.

Dr. Ayoola, who assured the populace of effective preparedness for the prevention of cholera outbreaks, hinted that health professionals in public and private hospitals have been charged to promptly respond to outbreaks of cholera in the event of any occurrenc. His words: “The State Ministry of Health wishes to draw the attention of the members of the public to the need to prevent outbreak of Cholera among the populace.

Cholera is a water borne illness which is highly contagious. It is an infection Is transmitted from person to person through faeco oral route, that is through eating food or drinking of water contaminated by faeces, especially where the source of drinking water has been polluted by flooding in unprotected wells as well as attending to large gathering of people during ceremonies such as wedding and funeral and contact with persons with cholera or who died of cholera.

“The disease often present with frequent watery diarrhea and vomiting and it is common where people practice open defecation. Members of the public are hereby implored to always take the following precautions and preventive measures:

Avoid drinking water from doubtful sources, e.g streams, wells that have been polluted by flood water.

Avoid dumping of faeces and refuse in to streams and rivers

“Ensure water from doubtful sources is boiled, and cooled before drinking

Regular hand washing after visiting the toilet, bathroom and attending to anyone stooling

Washing fruits and vegetable well with clean water before eating.
Covering of all foods and drinks from out of reach of house fly.

The disease surveillance and notification officers in all the 33 LGAS of the State and have been put on alert to institute preventive measures, and sensitization of health professionals in public and private hospitals to promptly respond to outbreak of Cholera in the event of any occurrence.

The State, hereby, wishes to reassure the populace of effective preparedness for the prevention of outbreak of cholera and wish to implore the populace to properly dispose of their faeces and refuse and improve on their personal hygiene.

Suspected individuals are to be referred to the nearest government hospitals for free and quality care.

You can also notify the Ministry of Health by calling the following numbers 09058704101, 08025245809.”

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