Cholera Outbreak: Death toll rises to 24 in Lagos

The cholera outbreak in Lagos State has taken a grim toll, with the death toll rising to 24 and confirmed cases reaching 35, amidst concerns of widespread infection across the state.

According to Prof. Akin Abayomi, the state commissioner for health, the latest figures were detailed in the Lagos State Cholera Outbreak Situation Report (EPI Week 25) as of June 19, 2024.

He conveyed the updates via his official Twitter handle, @ProfAkinAbayomi, on Friday morning.

“The situation report indicates 417 suspected cases, 35 confirmed cases, and a total of 24 recorded deaths,” Abayomi stated.

“The graphs illustrate the distribution of cases across the 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the state.”

Analysis of the outbreak’s progression reveals significant spikes in Ajeromi, Kosofe, Epe, Ikorodu, Alimosho, and Eti-Osa LGAs on June 10, 2024, highlighting areas of heightened concern.

Abayomi emphasized the critical importance of strict adherence to personal and environmental hygiene practices to mitigate the risk of infection and urged residents to prioritize safety measures.

Meanwhile, Dr. Kemi Ogunyemi, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Health, reported on Thursday an increase in deaths to 21, with suspected cases climbing to 401 across Lagos State.

She noted that Lagos Island, Kosofe, and Eti-Osa LGAs have recorded the highest incidences of infection.

The Lagos State government continues to intensify efforts to contain the outbreak, mobilizing resources and disseminating public health guidance to curb further spread of the disease.

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