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Lagosians warned to keep clean to avoid Cholera outbreak

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Lagosians have been advised to embrace wholesome hygienic practices to beat the cholera epidemic now ravaging parts of the country

In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, residents have been charged not to wait until a cholera outbreak occurs before taking preventive action or measures.

Tunji Bello, Lagos State Commissioner for Environment

Bello stressed the need to avoid unhealthy practices that could aid the onset of the disease such as open defecation, drinking untreated water from unclean sources, improper disposal of refuse and not washing hands with soap always.

Members of the public have been urged to own the process by ensuring that proper toilet facilities are provided in residences, public toilets and mobile toilets.

The commissioner said that all tenements and property owners must cover up loose refuse, ensuring that waste is properly bagged and disposed of through approved PSP operators to prevent infestation by flies.

He informed that Lagos is very mindful of its large population and has embarked on several sensitisation campaigns to enlighten residents on the dangers of a cholera outbreak.

“The campaign exercise will include jingles in English, Yoruba and Pidgin, door to door sensitisation around neighbourhoods and estates by environmental sanitation officers as well as public advocacy in markets, public places and parks”, Bello said.

Disclosing that the messages will be taken to the hinterlands, the Commissioner warned that the Environmental Task Force Against Open Defecation has been empowered to step up its monitoring activities and apprehend anyone caught defecating in open places.

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He stated that the Kick Against Indiscipline operatives have also been directed to enforce sanitation laws to ensure conformity with hygiene standards in public places.

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