*Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.
Oyo State Government has alerted residents against cholera outbreak.
SWIndependentnews.com.ng reports that the Oyo State government has on Friday alerted it’s residents, as well as it’s citizens on the need for them to be very careful on the possibility and dangers of cholera outbreak in the state.
***Dr. Ayoola Adebisi addressing journalists during the press conference…
Addressing journalists at a press conference that was held at the Film Theater Hall of the State Ministry of Informations, Culture and Tourism Agodi Secretariat Ibadan, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Ayoola Adebisi, said 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 that 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.”
Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Bunmi Babalola said the alert is imperative in view of the need to curtail the spread of the disease.
The Permanent Secretary explained that Disease Surveillance officers in all 33 LGAs have been put on alert to institute preventive measures in their respective domains.
Furthermore, he said health professionals in public and private hospitals have been placed on alert, to promptly respond to outbreak of cholera in event of any occurrence.
The alert came at the heels of outbreak of cholera in some council areas in the state including, Iddo, Akinyele and Irepo.
While Dr. Adebisi reassured the populace of state government’s effective preparedness for the prevention of cholera outbreak, he pleaded with them to own their actions, by ensuring that they maintain hygienic practices.