Cholera Outbreak: Minister of Health Cautions General Public
Written by Stella Williams
Nigerians living in rural communities are being advised to desist from acts of open defecation, which is largely responsible for the out break and spread of cholera.
Minister of Health Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, gave the advice at the 2013 annual physicians’ week, organized by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Abuja.
Professor Chukwu, who lamented the number of deaths recorded through cholera said about 74 persons have so far been confirmed dead, out of the 333 cases reported.
He said the Federal Government is working with states affected by cholera outbreaks, adding that Local Government authorities should scale up their sensitization campaign in order to curtail the spread of cholera and other communicable diseases.
Meanwhile, Lagos State Commissioner for information and Strategy Mr. Lateef Ibirogba said investigation by his ministry shows that the suspected cases of cholera in Lagos were contracted from food sources such as the African food salad popularly called “Abacha”, well – water sources and other infected foods from food sellers.
Mr. Ibirogba noted that the government has already evolved an inter-ministerial collaboration, involving the Ministries of Health, Environment, and Information, Lagos State Waste Management Authority to access the health and environmental status of prone communities in the states.
He urged the public to ensure proper disposal of waste , adding that they should avoid backflow connection between water and sewer system. In a related development Nestle Nig Plc launched their table water fortified with zinc, an ingredient that is important in the management of diarrhea.
It would be recalled that states such as plateau, Sokoto, Zamfara and Lagos have recorded cases of cholera in the past weeks.