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The Chairman of Community Development Committee in Magboro in the Obafemi-Owode local government area of Ogun state , Oluwasegun Oladosutold has disclosed that about 25 persons have died of cholera within four days in five communities in the state .
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the outbreak had hit Arepo, Akeran, Akintonde, Sofolarin and Abule – Oko communities of Magboro.
The development has created anxiety among the residents.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker had on Sunday confirmed the incident, saying the incident “is predominant among Okada riders and scavengers in the area.”
Speaking on the incident , the chairman of CDC explained that 15 persons had earlier confirmed dead of the disease .
He added that about 10 Hausas who relocated from the community to Kara (settlement) have died of Cholera.
Oladosu said commercial motorcyclists (Okada riders) who are of Hausa extraction were most hit by the outbreak.
According to him, some of the Okada riders had just returned from a trip and probably might have been infected with Cholera.
Oladosu said an eight- year -old girl battling cholera has just been rushed to the community clinic for treatment.
He said “Hausas don’t release dead bodies, they have rushed 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 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, however, called on government to ensure they always enforce sanitation in the Hausa community, which he labeled “unkempt.”
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.”
Effort to get the Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker’s comments has not yielded result as she neither picked up her nor responded to a text message.