Four die as cholera outbreak hits Ogun

Daud Olatunji, Abeokuta

Four persons have reportedly died while scores have been hospitalised as a result of cholera outbreak in some parts of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Our correspondent exclusively gathered that the worst hit areas in Abeokuta included  Abule-Otun in Lafenwa, Kuto, Idi-Aba and Oke-Ijeun.

It was gathered that a woman and her child were the first casualty of the outbreak.

The two were reportedly rushed to a private hospital which later referred them to the state hospital.

Further findings showed that the cholera outbreak had started since November 4 and claimed the life of a woman at Abule-Otun, Lafenwa while her child was hospitalised.

Some other people were reported to have lost their lives due to the outbreak.

When our correspondent visited Abule-Otun and Isale-Odo where the outbreak started, it was gathered that many residents of the area were down with cholera.

One of the residents, Adeola Adeniyi, told our correspondent that some residents were defecating and vomiting.

He said some of them had been taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, while others were rushed to the state hospital.

Our correspondent observed that most houses in the area had no toilet facilities as the residents defecate in bags and throw it into the river behind the community.

It was further observed that the state of hygiene of the community was poor as there was no drainage system while all the gutters in the areas were full of stagnant and dirty water.

It was also observed that the major sources of water in the area are privately dug wells within the community.

Confirming the cholera outbreak, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Kunle Somorin, said the disease had killed four persons.

He said, “We are on top of the unfortunate outbreak. Our epidemiologists are on the ground. Doctors, nurses and other categories of health personnel have been drafted to contain it. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Adesanya Ayinde, is there now. He confirmed four people have died.”

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