Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, has disclosed that no new cases of cholera were being recorded in the state since October 23. Idris spoke yesterday through a statement in Lagos while reacting to rumour of fresh outbreak of the disease in the state, calling for caution in reporting cases of the disease as he said not all diarrhoea are cholera.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that three people died and 10 others were treated in five local government councils of the state where cases of cholera were recorded in October. Idris explained that since detection of the disease in some parts of the state, various organs of government have been working to forestall the spread.
“Organs like Ministries of Health, Information and Strategy and Environment in the state, Water Corporation, Waste Water Management Office, Rural Development and Water Regulatory Agency have all risen to the occasion. They have worked tirelessly to contain the spread and so far we have not recorded any new case of confirmed cholera.”
The commissioner said that ongoing surveillance activities by the state Ministry of Health have identified consumption of local salad called ‘Abacha’ and polluted well water as the common causes of the infection, stressing that investigation carried out on the local salad revealed that it contains germs, which could cause cholera, typhoid and other serious diseases.
“We still need to identify other sources and cooperation of the public in this regard is of utmost importance. We, as a government, would continue to carry out our responsibilities to the people. The public needs to maintain good personal and environmental hygiene as well as good sanitation at all times.”
According to him, people that died of the disease were said to have sought treatment very late and taken to hospitals in poor conditions.
He, however, urged members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspected case of cholera to the nearest local government authority, urging health workers to be on alert and report all suspected cases to the ministry.