CHOLERA HITS OGUN COMMUNITIES, KILLS 25
No fewer than 25 persons were feared dead following an outbreak of cholera in some communities in Magboro area of Obafemi/Owode Local Government of Ogun State.
The affected communities hit by the outbreak include Arepo, Akeran, Akintonde, Sofolarin and Abule-Oko.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, had on Sunday confirmed the incident, saying: “It is predominant among Okada riders and scavengers in the area.”
The Chairman of the Community Development Committee (CDC) in Magboro, Mr Oluwasegun Oladosu, Tuesday confirmed that 15 deaths have been recorded.
Oladosu said that about 10 people of northern extraction, who relocated from the community to Kara (settlement), have equally died of cholera.
According to him, some of the Okada riders had just returned from a trip and probably might have been infected with cholera.
The chairman lamented, however, that relations of the victims did not release the corpses, saying: “They always rush to bury them. A number of them are already fleeing the community. But the information we have now is that 15 people are already dead.
“Forget about tribe, we have been living here with the Hausas for a long time, peacefully. But, some of them had travelled recently and they just returned, especially the Okada riders. They will always tell you the truth. Some of them came with the disease. Some of them who ran to Kara (Hausa settlement), we learnt 10 of them are dead.”
The CDC chairman said a government team had visited the community and provided drugs for cholera treatment and prevention.
Oladosu called on government to ensure they always enforce sanitation in the community, which he described as very dirty.
He said: “What we have observed is that the Hausas live in a dirty environment and that can trigger cholera outbreak. The government should wade in and ensure the environment is always kept clean and hygienic.”
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