Thursday, 25 July 2013

Cholera Outbreak kills 5 in Ogun

Five persons have reportedly lost their lives following an outbreak of
Cholera in Abeokuta South and North local government areas of Ogun
The state government which confirmed the outbreak, however, claimed
that only one person died as a result of poor hygiene on the part of
the residents.
Findings revealed that, the incident
was linked to a septic tank which spilled its content into major
water sources in the area, thereby contaminating them.
Fear has however, gripped residents of Abeokuta who are reportedly
apprehensive about drinking water from water pipes in their areas. 
(read more after the cut)

An unconfirmed report has it that the number of deaths from the
outbreak may be more than what was reported.
The state government in a press statement issued yesterday, admitted
that only one person had died.
The state Ministry of Health, while tracing the source of the
disease to poor level of hygiene added that it had moved to stem the
outbreak in two communities in the state
The State Commissioner for Health Dr. Olaokun Soyinka who confirmed
the incident also named Abeokuta North and Abeokuta South council
areas as being sources of the outbreak "with poor sanitation,
particularly faecal waste management."
Soyinka said, "there was a sudden upsurge incases of gastroenteritis
in some communities in Abeokuta, first noted on Friday, July 5.

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