Ekiti fears cholera outbreak , scales up surveillance - Punch Newspapers
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25 September 2021The Ekiti State Government on Saturday raised the alarm over possible cholera outbreak in some local government areas of the state.The Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Oyebanji Filani, said the state Ministry of Health had consequently heightened cholera surveillance to pick up early any suspected case in a bid to mitigate an outbreak.
Filani, in a statement in Ado Ekiti titled, “On the increasing spread of cholera in Ekiti State,” said the state government had set up a multi-sectoral team, comprising the state ministries of Environment and Public Utilities, which would support the local government areas “to ensure a coordinated and effective response to the possible outbreak.”
“This includes the provision of medical and laboratory supplies for case detection and management, rapid scale up of risk communications and water, sanitation and hygiene activities among other activities,” he said.He added, “On the 19th of September, 2021, five suspected cases of cholera were reported in the Moba Local Government Area of the state. These cases were picked up by community informants and reported to the LGA health authorities who in turn reported to the state Ministry of Health for proper investigation. headtopics.com
“Given the risk of this outbreak escalating rapidly across the state, the Ministry of Health has commenced active case finding across all LGAs in the state. State surveillance teams have been deployed to support the outbreak response at the LGA level.
“These teams are actively searching for and investigating suspected cases in health facilities, informal treatment centres and within communities. This is in line with earlier developed emergency operations plan to tackle a possible cholera outbreak in the state.Read more: The Punch Newspapers »
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