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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Nigeria : Cholera outbreak - 70 hospitalised in Osun State

Via Nigerian Compass :

" The cholera epidemic, which has assumed the status of a devastating hurricane sweeping through the Northern part of the country, has now recorded 6,497 cases with 352 deaths and the Federal Government recently alerted the nation that the entire country was at risk of the epidemic.

Ravaging the entire nation like wildfire, the fast killing ailment has surfaced in the South-Western part of the country.

In Osun State, no fewer than 70 persons were hospitalised at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife on Friday, following a cholera outbreak in Ife Central Local Government of Osun.

Dr Funso Ajao, the state’s Director of Primary Health Care Development Agency, announced this in Osogbo, the state capital on Saturday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Ajao said that the affected persons were responding to treatment at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, where most of the patients were admitted. He said that the epidemic is yet to kill anyone.

His words; “As I am speaking with you right now, the epidemic has not claimed any live and we pray that no live will be lost.

“Officials of the Ministry of Health have intervened on how to put the situation under control, they are in every nook and cranny of the affected area, doing the necessary cleaning and fumigation of areas where sanitary conditions are poor.”

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