The Ekiti State Government has raised an alarm over the recent outbreak of Cholera in the state.
In the latest health news in Nigeria obtained from The Guardian that there are five suspected cases of Cholera in Ekiti state.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Banji Filani disclosed this in a statement. He said that the suspected cases are in Moba local council of the state.
Dr. Banji Filani told news sources that the Health Ministry had reinforced cholera surveillance. Their role is to admit any suspected cases to stop any possible outbreak of the disease.
The Health Commissioner warned citizens in the state of a possible outbreak. He further advised them to observe proper hygiene.
His words: “On September 19, 2021, five suspected cases of cholera were reported in Moba Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
“These cases were picked up by community informants. They reported to the LGA health authorities who in turn reported to the state Ministry of Health for proper investigation.
“Given the risk of this outbreak escalating rapidly across the state, the Ministry of Health has commenced active case finding across all LGAs in the state.
“State surveillance teams have been deployed to support the outbreak response at the LGA level.
“These teams are actively searching for and investigating suspected cases in; i. health facilities, ii. informal treatment centers and within communities. This is in line with earlier developed emergency operations plan to tackle a possible cholera outbreak in the state.”
Dr. Filani revealed also that the possible outbreak is being managed by the capacity built during the COVID-19 response.
He assured the people of Ekiti State that the Government was on its feet to end the outbreak of the disease.
The Health Commissioner explained that Cholera is a preventable and treatable epidemic-prone disease. He further said the disease is transmitted by eating contaminated food.
His words: “Cholera is a preventable and treatable epidemic-prone disease. It is transmitted by eating or drinking contaminated food or water. The number of cholera cases tends to increase during the rainy season. The risk of death from cholera is very high when there is a delay in treatment.
“Hence, it is very important to visit a health facility if symptoms of cholera such as;
- watery diarrhea
- vomiting is observed.
“The state government urges members of the public to be aware of the risk of the disease.”