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Eight hospitalised as NSCDC confirms cholera outbreak in Oyo

By Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
21 September 2021   |   3:00 am
Indications emerged yesterday, that no fewer than eight persons have been hospitalised, following the outbreak of Cholera in Irepo Local Council of Oyo State.

[FILES] A boy drinking unclean water

Indications emerged yesterday, that no fewer than eight persons have been hospitalised, following the outbreak of Cholera in Irepo Local Council of Oyo State.

The Guardian learnt that the affected persons are receiving medical attention in a general hospital.

The Oyo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) also confirmed that disease, which was hitherto contained by the state government sometime early last year, has resurfaced.

The Assistant Commandant of NSCDC Command, Shehu Ibn Umar, who is the Head of Disaster Management of Oyo state NSCDC Command, yesterday, confirmed that the affected persons were currently receiving medical attention at the General Hospital, Kishi.

He said: “On September 20, 2021, a rescue team and nurses visited the General Hospital, Kishi, to know the extent to which the Cholera epidemic has affected the populace.

“During the course of the investigation, the matron of the hospital informed the command that patients are being brought daily for treatment of Cholera.

“At the time of writing this report, eight patients are on admission and they are in stable condition.

“Investigation further revealed that the causes of the disease include poor hygiene, open defecation, and eating of contaminated food.

“A team went to the local council to discuss with the Ministry of Health on the way forward, while we continue to intensify sensitisation on the importance of proper hygiene and hygienic lifestyle.”