Cholera: We’re ready to combat outbreak in Osun – Health Commissioner, Isamotu

The Osun State Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, has revealed that the state is ready to curtail and contain any outbreak of cholera.

Isamotu also revealed that though the state has recorded one incident of cholera in Ayedire Local Government Area, there was no problem because the victim survived.

Speaking with BBNAIJA ONLINE” on the state of preparedness of Osun to contain the disease in the eventuality of an outbreak in the state, the Health Commissioner stated that officials in the Public Health Department, Disease Surveillance Officers and Inspection, Prevention and Control officers have been tasked with conducting health surveillance and commencing treatment for anybody who tested positive to contracting the disease.

According to Isamotu, “Osun is absolutely ready to contain any outbreak of cholera. In any outbreak like that of cholera, that is the prerogative of the Department of Public Health of the State Ministry of Health.

“We got a distress call some days ago about people vomiting and having diarrhoea, I directed the Director of Public Health and the State Epidemiologist to go there and the situation has been brought under control. In situations like this, we do surveillance, contact tracing and infection and prevention control.

“What we do now is surveillance, especially where our Disease Surveillance Officer stationed in all the 332 wards in the state together with the Infection, Prevention and Control officers offer surveillance and treatment for anybody that has contracted cholera.

“Since cholera involves the loss of body fluids, it is necessary as part of treatment to replace it.”

He explained that the Ministry of Health has partnered the state Ministry of Environment to enlighten residents of suspected areas on refuse disposal methods and how to make their environments clean.

While emphasising that Osun was not listed amongst states that have cholera, he insisted that one recorded incident cannot be considered a problem and the Federal Government would not consider declaring Osun as an outbreak state yet.

“I hope that record will be maintained and to achieve that, our people need to maintain a clean environment and observe both personal and environmental hygiene. If that is done, we should be able to avoid any ugly incidences of cholera outbreak”, he concluded.

Recall that some states in the country have in the last weeks recorded deaths through cholera.

States like Taraba, Adamawa with 63 cases, Katsina with 60 deaths and 67 percent of recorded vases being children, Niger where 12 persons had died.

Others include Jigawa with 100 killed, Kano with 169 deaths, Kogi and Ogun states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

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