Just In: Worries as Cholera Death Toll in Lagos Rises to 21, Other Details Emerge

Just In: Worries as Cholera Death Toll in Lagos Rises to 21, Other Details Emerge

  • The Lagos state government has announced that the death toll from cholera cases in the state has increased to 21 from 15, which was last recorded
  • Kemi Ogunyemi, the special adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu's health, said the reported case has risen to 401
  • Ogunyemi also quoted in a statement by the state's health ministry that the three local governments with the highest cholera cases are Lagos Island, Kosofe and Eti-Osa

Ikeja, Lagos - The Lagos government, through Kemi Ogunyemi, the special adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on health, has said that the suspected cases of cholera in the state have increased to 401, while 21 people have died of the disease.

According to the statement, the three local governments with the highest records of the case are Kosofe, Eti-Osa and Lagos Island.

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Lagos state government has said that the cholera reported cases in the state has increased to 401 and the death toll has hit 21.
Death toll from cholera in Lagos hit 21 Photo Credit: @jidesanwoolu
Source: Twitter

The Punch reported that the update was included in a statement signed by Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, the director of public affairs at the state's Ministry of Health, on Thursday, June 20.

What is cholera?

Cholera is a water—and food-borne disease caused by ingesting the bacteria Vibrio cholerae in contaminated food or water. The disease can lead to acute water diarrhoea, and in severe cases, it can kill its patient within hours if not treated on time.

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The endemic disease is seasonal in Nigeria, as it happens yearly in Nigeria, during the rainy season and mostly in poor sanitation areas.

The statement from the Ministry of Health reads in part:

“Ogunyemi revealed this today while providing an update on the outbreak after meeting with members of the Lagos State Public Health Emergency Operations Centre. She added that the death toll has also risen to 21, an increase of six from the previously reported 15 fatalities.”

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Three persons died in Lagos gas explosion

Legit.ng earlier reported that three persons have reportedly died as a result of a gas explosion in the Lekki area of Lagos on Tuesday night.

Margaret Adeseye, the director and chief executive officer of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service (LSFRS), confirmed the incident in a statement.

Adeseye also disclosed that one other person was injured in the incident while tracing the cause of the explosion to the mishandling of a gas cylinder.

Source: Legit.ng

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