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Barely a week after 25 persons reportedly died of cholera in Magboro community in Obafemi – Owode Local Government Area of the state, One person has reportedly died while 17 others were hospitalised in Abeokuta, the state capital .
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that had cholera outbreak had since last week spread from Magboro to Sabo community in Abeokuta metropolis .
PLATFORM TIMES further gathered from a source from the World Health Organisation who pleaded anonymity hinted that one person has died while 17 have been hospitalised .
A close observation revealed that huge heaps of refuse dump,unkempt environment and open defecation remain the order of the day as residents go about their daily activities unhindered despite the outbreak of cholera .
The affected persons were as of the time of filing this report were 17 with one fatality .
It was further gathered that the victims have been rushed to the State Hospital, Ijaye in Abeokuta, for treatment.
The commercial motorcyclists popularly known as Okada riders and scavengers who are of Hausa extraction were worst hit by the outbreak.
On Thursday, the state officials led by the Special Adviser to the governor on Environment, Ola Oresanya visited the community and commenced the fumigation and decontamination of homes and environment, as part of moves to curtail the outbreak.
Oresanya warned against the abuse of the environment through indiscriminate dumping of refuse and open defecation
He also asked residents to always maintain good personal and environmental hygiene,the spacial assistant to the governor on environment.
Oresanya said “We are focusing on area with high population density, you can see the population here it is huge. It is huge and they are so close together, the spread of infection is fast around here, most of all these people are motorcycle riders, most of the people ride on motorcycle, the driver that will drive the big man will go on motorcycle to get to work, so you can get contaminated.
“We all buy Suya, we all buy meat in the market, these are the people that sell Suya,that sell meat that we all eat, so we need to decontaminate. It is not just here like you rightly said we are doing the same thing in the whole of Ogun State.”