The Ogun State Government has disclosed that it has stepped up efforts to stop the spread of cholera and manage the active cases after an outbreak of the disease in Magboro axis of Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state.
It explained that while special centers have been set up, the governments have also begun contact tracing of possible persons who visited the area where the spread began.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, said that the reported outbreak was predominant among motorcycle riders and scavengers who used the public toilets where the disease began spreading.
In an update contained in a statement released to journalists on Monday, she stated that the index case was reported to have returned to the state from elsewhere, while the public toilet used was the channel of transmission.
The commissioner explained that the causative agent had not been confirmed because appropriate samples could not be collected as there was no active case.
She added that a number of persons were receiving treatment and expressed consternation that an unregistered clinic ran by a quack had contributed to the spread by not reporting cases it had been managing.
Dr Coker stated also that a treatment centre had been set up at the Magboro-Akeran Health Centre, adding that the suspected public toilet had been sealed for sanitisation. She said that the neighbouring communities had been sensitised on steps to take and where to seek care or report suspicious cases.
The commissioner also stated that traditional rulers in the area had been engaged for their support in keeping their communities safe, while healthcare workers continued active surveillance in the affected community.