September 13, 2011

Cholera: Oyo takes steps to stem spread

IBADAN- Oyo State Government has begun fumigation and chlorination of the major source of water in Ibadan North West and Ido Local Governments areas where an outbreak of cholera has killed no fewer than 14 people.

The epidemic killed four in Ibadan North West Local Government Area about three weeks ago, while about 10 victims reportedly died in Ido Local Government Area due  to cholera related diseases.

Vanguard gathered that 10 other victims of the epidemic were receiving treatment at Bakatari, Oke Oloro and Omi Adio areas of the state.

Ido Local Government Area boss, Professor Niyi Olowofela, told Vanguard that the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Abdul-Lateef Olopoeniyan had deployed some experts from Epidemiology Department in the areas to check the spread of the epidemic.

He said they had visited private clinics where victims were being treated to distribute drugs and fumigate the areas.
Already, he said, all the private clinics have been turned into cholera units where any new cases would be tackled but noted that apart from those that fell victims of the epidemic no new case was reported.

During the fumigation of the affected areas at Ibadan North Local Government Area, health officers from Ibadan North West led by the Caretaker Chairman of the council, Mr. Wasiu Olatunbosun advised the people to avoid dumping of refuse in gutters and other drainage systems.

During the fumigation exercise, the council boss said “we notice that we cannot totally eradicate cholera or any other water diseases unless we get rid of all the bacteria and viruses causing the epidemic.

Olatunbosun said, “we feel we should help our communityto treat their water sources. It is our responsibility in this council to do that. We know that after the flood disaster that ravaged the city, there is likelihood of outbreak of epidemic, so we are trying to take these proactive steps to prevent our people.”

Some of the residents of the area complained about the lack of refuse bins to dump their refuse bins adding that if the government could provide this, it would keep their environment clean.