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Oyo State Govt. Refutes Cholera Outbreak Report

Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello says there is no evidence to back recent claims of a cholera outbreak in Lagun Village of Lagelu Local Government area of the State.

A report by the ministry’s technical committee which investigated the matter signed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bashir Bello indicates that the claims of cholera outbreak are unfounded.

Dr Bello said the investigation by the technical team did not show any fresh grave or fresh burial ground to ascertain claims of mass death.

According to the report, the Ministry has placed pre-positioned antibiotics and intravenous fluids at the state’s health facility in Lagun to prevent an outbreak of cholera in the area.

The Commissioner added that the state has also begun an active case search in affected communities and neighbouring states as well as community engagement and enlightenment on the prevention of diarrheal diseases including cholera.

He maintained that the ailment could be ascribed to poor hygienic conditions, adding that the Ministry also suspected cases of gastroenteritis or likely food poisoning.

“The Ministry has also embarked on community engagement and enlightenment on prevention of diarrheal diseases including cholera”.

he said

He added “We have also embarked on active search in affected communities and neighbouring communities and have also alerted the neighbouring local government areas.”

It would be recalled that there was reported case of cholera outbreak recently in Lagun, Lagelu area of Oyo state

Iyabo Adebisi

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