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Five Dead From Cholera In Ogun

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Cholera Ogun State

Permanent Secretary of Ogun State Ministry of Health, Dr Adesanya Ayinde, has announced the death of 5 cholera patients, out of 12 reported cases in the state.

He made this known at a news conference in Abeokuta and listed the affected communities which include; Kuto, Kobiti, Abule-Otun, Lafenwa, all in Abeokuta.

“Eight cases were reported from health facilities and four picked in the communities from retrospective case search and confirmed through laboratory test.

“The State Epidemiology unit had earlier received a report of a laboratory-confirmed case of cholera from the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, after which it immediately swung into action.

“The state government is on top of the situation, adding that it has commenced thorough investigation and currently fumigating communities to prevent spread.

“The case (index) is a 33-year-old gravid woman who presented at FMC on referral on the 19th of November from a private facility.

“She resides in Abule Otun, Lafenwa, Abeokuta but trades at Kuto Market. Prior to onset of symptoms, she ate rice (purchased from food vendor) with “pure water” at Kuto market.

“There have been prior reports of suspected cases of cholera linked to Kuto market but could not be confirmed because they had commenced antibiotics.

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“A total of 12 cases (index vase inclusive) have been line-listed, eight reported from health facilities and four picked in the communities from retrospective case search.

“One death from cases reported in the health facilities and four other deaths in the community that never reported at the health facilities but information gathered from investigation,” he said.

He then warned residents of the state to desist from open defecation, saying that any house found without toilet would be sanctioned.

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