Cholera outbreak hits Ogun State

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The Ogun State government has alerted the public about a possible cholera outbreak in the Ijebu North Local Government Area.

This is contained in a statement by the special adviser to the governor on health, Tomi Coker, on Sunday in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Ms Coker defined cholera as a disease usually occurring during the rainy season, just as it may also be associated with poor environment and personal hygiene.

“It’s commonly present with stooling with or without vomiting, leading to dehydration. Cholera can result in death if the severe dehydration is not promptly corrected,” she said.

The governor’s aide advised the public to report all cases of stooling with or without vomiting to the nearest government health facility.

She added that residents should ensure proper personal hygiene and practice frequent hand washing before and after using the toilet.

Ms Coker also advised the public to use water from clean sources or treat their water before drinking, just as they should ensure thorough washing and cooking of their food before eating.

“Let’s also prevent open defecation and be careful of the food and water we take because cholera is caused by water or food contaminated with faeces,” she said.