By Folake Oye

Osun State Government has assured residents of the state of its commitment to ensure that they are free of Cholera outbreak ravaging some parts of the country.

The Special Adviser to the state governor on Health Matters, Doctor Adekunle Akindele gave the assurance in a statement in Osogbo.

Doctor Akindeke maintained that Osun was yet to record any confirmed case of cholera, describing the report of 11 confirmed cases of Cholera in the state as inaccurate.

He clarified that contrary to the claim in the report, Osun recorded 13 suspected cases of cholera but all turned out negative upon a laboratory assessment.

He assured residents of adequate preventive measures by the state government to prevent and respond to the outbreak whenever a case is recorded.

Dictor Akindele explained that the state government has reactivated and established the Public Health Rapid Response Team and Cholera Technical Working Group to ensure adequate surveillance and risk communication activities in order to guarantee the health of the citizens.

He also noted that the State Government was exploring the media to sensitize the public on preventive measures against cholera, while surveillance mechanisms across the 30 local government areas and border towns has been heightened to fight the disease.

The special adviser called on the media not to pander to sensationalism at a time like this but rather focus on the dissemination of information that will save lives.             

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