Lagos State’s Cholera Fight Yields Results: No deaths in last 72 hours

In a promising turn of events, the Lagos State Government announced on Sunday a significant drop in cholera cases, with no deaths reported in the past 72 hours.

This announcement came from the State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, during an update on the cholera outbreak, following the “One Health” inter-governmental agency strategic meeting held over the weekend.

This milestone marks a critical juncture in Lagos State’s battle against cholera, demonstrating that rigorous public health interventions are making a difference.

While acknowledging the persistent low-grade community transmission, Professor Abayomi attributed the improvement to the diligent efforts of residents adhering to public health guidelines and seeking early medical care.

A notable incident within this period involved a minor outbreak at Kirikiri Medium Security Prison, where 25 severe gastroenteritis cases were reported.

The state’s prompt response included the supply of intravenous fluids, infection prevention materials, and other health consumables to the prison.

Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) contributed 10,000 doses of pharmaceuticals to support the prison’s health facilities. Immediate water and sanitation improvements were made, and inspections of other correctional facilities in the state are ongoing.

Professor Abayomi disclosed that the outbreak was traced back to unregulated street beverages and contaminated water supplies.

Undercover environmental officers from the Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) and the Ministry of Health identified Vibrio cholerae bacteria in popular street beverages.

“The lack of NAFDAC accreditation numbers on all containers indicated production by small, informal backyard units. Despite the difficulty in pinpointing these manufacturers, the directorate of environmental health plans to shut down unregulated operations and arrest those involved,” Abayomi said.

While the current situation is promising, the Lagos State Government remains on high alert, determined to eliminate cholera transmission entirely. The progress achieved so far underscores the effectiveness of coordinated public health strategies and the importance of continued vigilance.

Professor Abayomi’s update serves as a testament to the collective efforts to protect public health and maintain the strides made in controlling the outbreak.

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