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Monday, August 22, 2011

Nigeria : Cholera outbreak kills four in Ibadan

Article via Daily Independent :

" No fewer than four people have been reported dead from cholera outbreak in the Ibadan North West Local Government area of Oyo State with 16 others still battling for survival.

The dead include three adults and a child.

Confirming the incident, Director of Environmental Services in the local government council, Olalekan Olatunbosun, said Ayeye community was the worst hit by the outbreak, while places like Opo-Yeosa, Idi Ikan, Alawo, Abebi and Ekotedo were also affected by the epidemic.

Olatunbosun disclosed that the affected people that were initially taken to the Ayeye Health Centre and Oniyanrin Maternity but that they have since been transferred to the Cholera Unit at the State Hospital, Jericho, Ibadan.

He stressed that lack of toilet facilities in most of the houses in the affected communities was the likely cause of the outbreak.

“When our men went round, we found out that most of the houses do not have toilets and waste bins. Their water sources must have been polluted because they dumped faeces carelessly all around their houses.

“During earlier routine visits to the areas, before the cholera outbreak occurred, we marked some houses and gave them two weeks notice to put up toilets,” the officer noted.

The director said government had since discovered that none of the landlords complied with the directive and indicated that more houses had been marked for defaulting the environmental law."

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