June 15, 2024

Ogun announces measures to combat cholera outbreak



By James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta

The Ogun state government has mandated every house in the state without toilet facilities to get one within the next three to six months or risk sanction.

The move according to the state was to combat the spread of cholera outbreak, which is already affecting 30 states of the federation.

The government has equally ordered all public and private schools, markets, parks and garages, petrol stations and mechanic villages across the state to ensure that they have toilet facilities and running water for proper hygiene and sanitation.

The Special Adviser to Governor, Dapo Abiodun on Media and Strategy, Mr Kayode Akinmade, who disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Saturday,
stated that the precautionary measures announced to the residents are to prevent any possible outbreak of cholera in the state.

He explained that the governor was seriously concerned about the development and the need to protect the people in the state, considering the proximity of Ogun to Lagos and the degree of interactions between the two states.

Precautionary measures, including the following, “all houses must have toilets. Each house without a toilet should identify a room to be converted to a toilet. Residents are given three to six months of grace for compliance.

“In addition to those measures, residents of the State were also advised to take the following measures as a way of galvanising themselves against the disease.

“Drink safe water that is boiled or chlorinated; wash your hands with soap and water after visiting the toilet and before handling food; wash fruits and vegetables properly with safe water before eating and for preparing food; cook food properly. Buy and eat only hot food; use water from reliable sources, among other precautions.”

The statement added that the Ministry of Environment would see to the strict compliance of all the measures as violators would be made to face the wrath of law accordingly.