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7 confirmed dead as Cholera outbreak hits Arepo/Magboro in Ogun
Newsangle September 5, 2021 4 min read
No fewer than Seven people have been confirmed dead as Cholera outbreak hits Magboro area of Ogun State
It was gathered that two corpse was recorded at powerline sawmill area, one from Arepo which was later brought to powerline sawmill area.
Similarly, a Togolese woman corpse from Magboro Sofolarin and a scavenger at Magboro Akintonde street ,two other scavengers corpse were also confirmed at Oladejo street Magboro.
Three Hausas among the deceased persons were taken to the Seriki’s office at powerline sawmill area of Magboro for identification and proper burial arrangement.
Immediately the Community Development Council (CDC) reported the incident to the Ministry of Health Ogun State , delegates were assigned for proper medical assessment and control.
The disease surveillance and notification officers (DSNO), Mrs Popoola Temitope Oluwalere confirmed after their assessment that the symptoms of the people (Hausas) involved are similar which are profuse watery diarrhea, sometimes described as “rice-water stools” and vomiting and this was as a result of cholera in the environment they live.
According to the father of a young Yoruba boy by name Joseph who was suspected to have of Cholera within the community, “My son’s death was not as a result of cholera because there were no symptoms of cholera “Joseph developed sudden illness after eating bread together with his brother, all efforts to take him to the hospital prove abortive and he died on the spot”
The Health Office,Mr Oresegun informed the Olu of Magboro that the areas affected needs to be sealed and disinfected for now.
On his part, The Olu of Magboro HRM Modiu Alalade welcome the idea of sealing the environment for a safe environment and welfare of his people.
The Seriki’s office at powerline sawmill area was sealed and later reopen for disinfection and remove of garbages.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) delegates from Ogun state who later revisits scene stated that cholera is primarily a water-borne disease caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholera which makes persons affected experience an acute diarrhea.
It is a potentially life-threatening disease which can lead to death.The victims can die from dehydration within hours or days of contracting the disease.
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The huge amounts of flood carries along dirt, sewages, and debris which are deposited into water bodies that are used by people for drinking and cooking, and this eventually results in them coming down with the disease.
About 1 in 10 people with cholera will experience severe symptoms, in the early stages, include profuse watery diarrhea, sometimes described as “rice-water stools”vomiting, thirst, leg cramps, restlessness or irritability.
Residents of Ogun State expecially Arepo/Magoro are however adviced to take proper hygiene measures in order to curtail the spread of cholera in Ogun state.
For Cholera prevention, ensure to drink and use safe water to brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, and Wash your hands often with soap and safe water, Use latrines or bury your poop; do not poop in any water, Cook food well (especially seafood), keep it covered, and eat it hot. Peel fruits and vegetables, Clean up safely in the kitchen and in places where the family bathes and washes clothes.
Dr. Shoyinka Olukoya (Director Public health ) however advice the people of the community to make use of the healthcare center if there is any new cases of such or any other health challenges in the community in other to stop the spread of the decease.
As at 5th of September 2021, during the visitation of WHO officers, four new cases were confirmed and they were all taken to the community health center for treatment.
Names of the Delegates present with the community members are:
Dr. Shoyinka Olukayode (director public health )
Dr. Yusuf Akeem (state epidemiology)
Dr. Bakare Adedira Jeleel (medical officer/ direct of primary health care obafemi owode )
Mrs Popoola Temitope Oluwalere (DSNO)
Moyo Adeyemi (state survaylance officer )
Segun Oladosu (Chairman)
Com. David Ajayi (Secretary)
Prince Shina Olukoga (Treasurer)
Miss Modupeola Ogunsanya (Fin. Sec.)
Com. Taiwo Ibrahim (P R O 3)
Lasisi Adekunle Yunusa (Youth rep)
Mrs Funmi Fadipe (Amoran chairperson)
Mrs Omosholape Mayungbe (formal woman’s leader)
Reporting : Lasisi Adekunle Yunusa