Fayemi Issues Red Alert On Cholera Outbreak In Ekiti 

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Gov Fayemi

With the reported cases of suspected cases of cholera outbreak in Ekiti, Governor Kayode Fayemi has put the people of the state on red alert.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Banji Filani, who gave this hint said the Ministry of Health, had reinforced cholera surveillance, to pick up early, any suspected case, to mitigate the outbreak.

The killer disease is currently ravaging no fewer than 28 states in Nigeria.

The Commissioner directed the health workers to be conscious of the happenings and maintain rapid response in the discovery of suspected cases, while also observing standard protocols for infection prevention and control.

“On the 19th of September, 2021, five suspected cases of cholera were reported in Moba Local Government Area of the State. These cases were picked up by community informants and reported to the LGA health authorities that in turn reported to the State Ministry of Health for proper investigation.

“Giving the risk of this outbreak escalating rapidly across the State, the Ministry of Health has commenced active case finding across all LGAs in the State. State surveillance teams have been deployed to support the outbreak response at the LGA level.

“These teams are actively searching for and investigating suspected cases in health facilities, informal treatment centres and within communities. This is in line with earlier developed emergency operations plan to tackle a possible cholera outbreak in the State”, he stated.

Filani maintained that the state is also leveraging on the capacity that has been built during the COVID-19 response to handle the present situation, assuring that the government is on red alert to tame the disease.

“Cholera is a preventable and treatable epidemic-prone disease that is transmitted by eating or drinking contaminated food or water. The number of cholera cases tends to increase during the rainy season and the risk of death from cholera is very high when treatment is delayed.

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