Lagos State residents are jittery following the outbreak of cholera that has killed three people in the state.
Our correspondent gathered that thirteen cases were reported at the state healthcare facilities while three deaths were recorded.
Confirming the outbreak of cholera in the state , Lagos state Commissioner. For Health Dr. Jide Idris said the outbreak was recorded in five local government of the state.
According to him,” Although many of the cases have been treated and discharged. In several health facilities three have been confirmed dead. Most of the suspected cases are from Ajeromi, Amuwo Odofin , Apapa , Lagos Island, Oshodi-Isolo and Surulere.
“From our surveillance activities and investigations, implicated food sources include the African food salad popularly known as ‘abasa’ , well water sources , especially in Ikare community, Badia area and infected foods from food sellers”.
The commissioner said since cholera disease is spread through drinking of contaminated water and eating of contaminated food it is dangerous and kills easily.
To avert more casualty , he counsel members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspected case, dead or alive, to the nearest health facility and the directorate of disease control in the state Ministry of Health .
He noted that cholera is an acute contagious bacterial disease that is characterized by severe form of sudden onset of profuse painless watery stools, nausea and profuse vomiting.
Idris added that cholera is acquired through the ingestion of an infective dose of contaminated food or water and can be transmitted through many mechanisms like direct or indirect contamination of water or food by feaces of infected individuals.