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Cholera outbreak strikes Lagos State: Urgent response underway

Lagos State is grappling with a cholera outbreak, as announced by the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi. The recent tweet revealed that 350 suspected cases have emerged across 29 wards in various Local Government Areas (LGAs), with 17 confirmed cases and a concerning death toll of 15.

The outbreak has prompted an immediate response from health authorities to contain its spread. Efforts include heightened surveillance, public health education, and mobilization of resources to affected areas.

Cholera, an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, poses a significant threat in areas with inadequate water treatment, sanitation, and hygiene practices. Lagos State’s dense population and urban slums create conditions ripe for such diseases to flourish.

In recent months, the Lagos State Ministry of Health had issued warnings and called for precautionary measures against potential outbreaks following severe gastroenteritis cases reported in the state. The current cholera outbreak underscores the challenges faced by the megacity in managing public health crises.


The Ministry of Health is working closely with local and international health agencies to address the situation. Treatment centers have been set up to manage and rehydrate patients promptly, aiming to reduce the fatality rate associated with the disease.

Prof. Abayomi has urged citizens to adhere strictly to hygiene practices, including regular handwashing, safe food preparation, and consumption of clean water. The public is also advised to be vigilant and report any suspected cases of cholera to health authorities immediately.

As LM continues to monitor the situation, further updates will be provided on the measures being taken to combat this outbreak and safeguard the health of Lagos residents.

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