At least two persons have been confirmed dead, while 25 other residents of Lagos State are receiving treatment in hospitals following an outbreak of cholera in three local government areas of the state.
The Lagos State Government stated at a press conference in Alausa on Tuesday that the cases came like the typical diarrhoea and vomiting associated with cholera.
It added that the outbreak was due to the heavy rainfall being experienced and the aftermath of flooding in the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who was joined at the briefing by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, stated that the outbreak had been traced to the Somolu, Oshodi-Isolo, and Surulere local government areas.
He said, “Twenty-seven cases have been listed by our epidemiology/disease surveillance officers as of today, July 25, 2017. Two deaths were recorded from the 27 cases.”
Dr. Idris said six cases were recorded in Somolu LGA, adding that one of the patients died.
He explained that while four were managed at the Somolu General Hospital, one was managed at a private hospital, while one patient died at home.
“In Oshodi-Isolo LGA, two cases were recorded. One was managed at a private hospital and he is alive, while one died at home. In Surulere LGA, 14 cases were reported and managed at Randle General Hospital. No death was recorded,” the commissioner said.
He stated that two other cases were managed at the Mainland Hospital with no death recorded, while three cases were managed at the Gbagada General Hospital.
Read more on Punch