Ogun Cholera Outbreak: Four Dead, Many Hospitalised

Sudden report about a cholera outbreak hitting some parts of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, have left four persons dead and many hospitalised.

It was gathered that a woman and her child were the first casualties of the outbreak. Communities reportedly affected are Abule-Otun, Lafenwa, Kuto, Idi-Aba, and Oke-Ijeun.

They were reportedly rushed to a private hospital which later referred them to the state hospital.

Further findings showed that the cholera outbreak had started since November 4 and claimed the life of a woman at Abule-Otun, Lafenwa, while her child was hospitalised.

Some other people were reported to have lost their lives due to the outbreak.

When our Correspondent visited Abule-Otun, Isale-Odo, where the outbreak started, it was gathered that many residents have also been affected.

One of the residents, Adeola Adeniyi, told our correspondent that some residents were stooling and vomiting in the community.

He said some of them had been taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, while others were moved to the state hospital.

Our correspondent observed that most houses in the area have no toilet facilities.

It was further observed that the community has no proper drainage system.

We observed that the significant sources of water in the area are privately dug wells within the community.

Confirming the incident, the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Kunle Somorin, said the outbreak had killed four persons.

He said,  “We are on top of the unfortunate outbreak. Our epidemiologists are on the ground. Doctors, nurses and other categories have been drafted to contain it. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of  Health, Dr Ayinde, is there now. He confirmed four  dead.”

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