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The Ogun State Government has called on all residents to be at alert for possible diseases of public health concern which are common during dry season.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, said the likes of Yellow Fever, Measles and particularly Cholera, which is a water and food borne disease, are rampant in the dry season.
PLATFORMTIMES had in a special report revealed that environmental challenges such as poor health sanitation and battle with communicable diseases and infections like malaria, cholera, measles, fever, pox and diarrhea are aiding the emergence of cholera.
The report was carried out AbuleOtun, where despite its closeness to the Ogun river, lacks hygienic water for drinking, washing and cooking as most residents depend on a constructed well-water.
According to Coker, Cholera is characterised by severe vomiting and diarrhea which can cause rapid deterioration of health and death, if not managed in a timely manner.
” During this period, residents should ensure they have good water source and treatment.
“They should practice regular and proper hand washing as well as proper disposal of faeces while they desist from open defecation,” she said.
The Commissioner advised residents with symptoms to seek immediate help from the nearest health facility, noting that early case detection and proper management save life.
However, she added that the Ministry was notified of the unfortunate demise of two school age children from the same school and same compound following an episode of Gastro enteritis, which suggests a possible water borne disease, cholera.
“Investigation led by the Ogun State Commissioner for Health along with officials of the Federal Ministry of Health and Abeokuta South Local Government, revealed that the children died of severe case of vomiting and diarrhea.
“The government in its bid to stop the spread has put in place community sensitisation and advocacy. We have sent Cholera alert to all health facilities in the state and engaged in prepositioning of materials for case management in government hospitals,” Coker noted.