The Lagos State Ministry of Health on Friday, urged Lagosians to ignore sensational reports especially on some social media platforms about the outbreak of Gastroenteritis that was experienced in the state in the past weeks.
In a statement signed by the Honourable Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, he appealed to the general public for calm and added that it is pertinent to note that the misleading reports are made up, spurious, incorrect and do not represent fact.
“Citizens are hereby advised to disregard any news about the disease that did not emanate from the official communication channels of the Lagos State Government, the Ministry of Health or it officials.
“It is true that an excess increase in the cases of Gastroenteritis was reported in some local government areas (LGAs) particularly in Lagos Island, Surulere, Mushin and Ajeromi since mid-October. This is now under control as a result of the policies and interventions that we have put in place and I want to assure you that we are on top of the situation.
“Gastroenteritis is caused by micro-organisms like those causing typhoid fever, cholera and certain viruses. It can be contacted by eating or drinking contaminated foods such as uncooked seafood.
“We encourage you to wash your hands with soaps and water frequently and thoroughly, boil your water before drinking especially if the source is in doubts, wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating; cook food thoroughly and dispose waste material properly. You are advised to visit nearest health facilities early when you are sick and avoid going to work or school where you are likely to infect others,” the statement read in part.