Diarrhoea Outbreak Kills 2, 25 Quarantined in Lagos


The Lagos State Government has confirmed an outbreak of diarrhoea in the state, even as it also confirmed two dead and 27 patients placed under surveillance.

The state government further revealed that the disease was recorded in Shomolu, Oshodi-Isolo and Surulere Local Government Areas. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, and his counterpart from Ministry of Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, yesterday, confirmed the outbreak during a briefing at Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja.

 According to Idris, the upsurge was recorded in Shomolu Local Government on July 19; Oshodi-Isolo, July 20 and Surulere, July 21.

He stated that after the outbreak, 27 persons were placed under surveillance, but the number had reduced to 25, following death of two patients. The Commissioner lamented that the death recorded was because the victims did not visit the nearest Primary Healthcare Centre or hospital to get treatments when the disease started. Narrating how the disease occurred, Idris said: “In Shomolu, six cases were recorded, of which one died.

 “In Oshodi-Isolo, two cases were recorded; while one is still alive, the other died at home. And in Surulere, 14 cases were reported. In this council, we have successfully managed it and no death recorded.

According to him, majority of the cases presented with typical diarrhoea and vomiting associated with cholera. This was the result of samples collected from patients.

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