Ogun State government has denounced the alleged cholera outbreak at Ogunmakin in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, saying it was a case of food poisoning.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye ina statement sent to newsmen described the reported case of cholera as unfounded but rather a case of food poisoning.
PLATFORM TIMES had exclusively reported that no fewer than two lives have been claimed as cholera outbreak hits Alapako community in Obafemi-Owode local government area of Ogun State.
It was also reported that the dreaded disease was reported at two health centres in Alapako, Obafemi Owode Local Government of the state.
But, apparently reacting to the report , Dr. Ipaye said six members of a family who had attended a particular function in the community allegedly had been diagnosed for food poisoning.
The Commissioner explained ‘’There is no confirmed case of cholera in Ogun, only the case of food poisoning. According to the findings of public health officers, six people were said to have diarrhea and the only common thing was that they attended a particular gathering together’’. He said.
Ipaye further assured the people of adequate deployment of surveillance system in the State to curtail the outbreak of any disease, enjoining people of the State to continue to give useful information that would assist government to promptly respond to such emergencies as the ministry was better-equipped to ‘rise to the occasion’.
‘’Our surveillance system is still intact and strengthened to curtail outbreak of any disease. We will stop at nothing to ensure that we fulfill our promise at providing efficient health care delivery to citizens,’’ he noted.