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Cholera: Lagos tasks residents on hygiene

By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Lagos State Government has urged members of the public to be vigilant and observe a high standard of personal and environmental hygiene following outbreak of cholera in some states.

Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, who made the call in Lagos at the weekend, said it became pertinent for residents to be vigilant because the disease, which is easily communicable, is contacted through the ingestion of contaminated food and water.

He advised members of the public to report any suspected case to the nearest health facility and the directorate of disease control in the state Ministry of Health.

His said: “Health workers are advised to be on the alert and report suspected cases in their facilities to the state Ministry of Health. People can also call the following numbers: 08023228573 or 0802321333 for assistance.

“Cholera is a disease spread through drinking of contaminated water and eating of contaminated food. It is very dangerous and kills within a very short period of time if not treated promptly.”

Idris noted that Cholera should be suspected in any person who develops diarrhoea with or without vomiting, weakness, leg cramps, excessive loss of body fluids (dehydration) or dies from frequent stooling. He urged them to take adequate measures in order to reduce the risk of contacting the disease.

He listed measures to be taken as including washing of hands with soaps and water frequently and thoroughly; boiling of water before drinking if the source of the water is in doubt; washing of fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating; cooking of food thoroughly before eating; disposing of waste materials properly, and keeping of water containers clean.


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