Cholera Outbreak Claims 15 Lives in Lagos

Lagos Health Commissioner Confirms Rising Cholera Cases and Fatalities

Cholera has claimed 15 lives in Lagos State, as confirmed by the Health Commissioner, Professor Akin Abayomi, last night. Abayomi detailed the ongoing efforts to control the outbreak in the state, revealing that 350 suspected cases have been reported across 29 wards in multiple Local Government Areas (LGAs). Out of these, 17 cases have been confirmed, and 15 people have died.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Health, Abayomi noted that the number of cholera cases in the state is beginning to decline. “Laboratory investigations have identified the cholera subtype O-1, known for causing more severe disease,” he said. “The pattern of new cases varies daily across different LGAs based on our surveillance and monitoring updates.”

The state government has activated its Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) at Mainland Hospital, Yaba, to address the surge in severe gastroenteritis cases. The PHEOC will coordinate efforts to manage and control the outbreak.

Earlier, on Tuesday, Abayomi had confirmed the cholera outbreak, which resulted in around 60 hospital admissions and five deaths, mostly due to patients arriving late with severe dehydration. The Health Commissioner emphasized the importance of early medical intervention and continuous public health surveillance to curb the spread of the disease.

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