Gastroenteritis Outbreak Hits Some Communities In Ogun State

Some parts of Ogun state have recorded the outbreak of gastroenteritis

(Stomach Flu) including Magboro and Ofada area of Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker while confirming, the outbreak in Abeokuta, said the government has stepped up efforts to curtail the outbreak.

The commissioner said the reported case of the outbreak was predominant among okada riders and scavengers in the areas.

According to the Health commissioner in a statement, the index case who was reported to have returned from a trip outside the state has been linked to the source of the outbreak, while the common public toilet used has been the channel of transmission.

She added that the causative agent cannot be confirmed yet because appropriate sample could not be collected as there were no active case yet to commence antibiotics.

Dr. Coker pointed out that a number of people are currently receiving treatment to control the number of casualties.

The Commissioner also noted that an unregistered clinic run by a quack has also contributed to the outbreak, as the cases were being managed unreported.

Dr. Coker, however, said a treatment centre has been set up at the Magboro-Akeran Health Centre where treatment items have been made available by The Department of Public Health, Ogun State Ministry of Health.

Traditional rulers in the area, according to Dr Coker, have also been engaged for their support in keeping their communities safe and calm, while healthcare workers continue active surveillance in the affected communities.

Wale Oluokun

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