March 14, 2011

Lagos calls for precautionary measures against cholera


LAGOS – To check outbreak of cholera in the state, the Lagos State government has urged Lagosians to observe high standard of personal and environmental hygiene.

Cholera is a serious infectious disease caused by the bacteria Vibrio cholerae, which affects the intestinal system of the body. It can be contracted through the ingestion of contaminated food or water.

To this end, the state government has designated the following numbers for people to call in case of any suspected cases: 08023228573 or 0802321333 for assistance. Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who made the call, weekend, in Lagos, advised members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspected case, dead or alive, to the nearest health facility and the directorate of disease control in the state Ministry of Health.

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.