Dr. Jide Idris, Lagos state Commissioner for Health made it known at a joint news conference that due to the heavy rainfall that caused flooding in Lagos, there is now an outbreak of Cholera in the State.
The outbreak of acute diarrhea or cholera is now experienced in some Local Government Areas of the State as 2 out of the 27 cases reported are dead. According to the Health Commissioner, six of the cases were reported in Shomolu, two in Oshodi-Isolo and fourteen, in Surulere Council Area.
Idris said the disease is caused by a bacterial disease that is transmitted through contaminated water and food, he thereby appealed to residents of Lagos to practice proper hygiene by washing hands, fruits and vegetables before eating. He mentioned also that water should be boiled before drinking if the source is unsafe and foods and water should be covered properly.
The Minister of Information, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, who was also present at the News conference, said the media should help sensitize Lagos residents about the outbreak. He mentioned that young ones should be cautioned not to play inside flood water.