Ogun State has stepped up efforts to curtail the recent outbreak of cholera in Magboro in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state.
The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, said in a statement issued on Monday, September 6, in Abeokuta; that the reported outbreak was predominant among motorcycle riders and scavengers.
She stated that the index case was reported to have returned to Ogun state from elsewhere; while the public toilet used was the channel of transmission.
The commissioner explained that the causative agent had not been confirmed; because appropriate samples could not be collected as there was no active case.
She added that a number of persons were receiving treatment; and expressed consternation that an unregistered clinic ran by a quack; had contributed to the spread by not reporting cases it had been managing.
Dr Coker stated also that a treatment centre had been set up at the Magboro-Akeran Health Centre adding that the suspected public toilet had been sealed for sanitisation.
She said neighbouring communities had been sensitised on steps to take and where to seek care or report suspicious cases.
The Ogun commissioner also stated that traditional rulers in the area had been engaged for their support in keeping their communities safe, while healthcare workers continued active surveillance in the affected community.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has revealed that it is considering other ways to source COVID-19 vaccines in order to achieve herd immunity against the pandemic for its population.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who said in an interview on Sunday, September 5, in Abuja.
Abayomi said, “While the first national target of vaccination is 60 per cent, we in Lagos are looking for vaccines to create full coverage that will be safe.
“And even for children, as well as other immunocompromised individuals that do not fall into the normal criteria; as the pace at which we are going is extremely slow.
“We’re looking for avenues and activities to speed this up; donor partners, private sector, through advocacy because it appears that this virus is not going anytime soon.”