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Monday, August 1, 2011

Nigeria : Kwara denies report on cholera outbreak

Via The Nation :

" The Kwara State Government yesterday denied reports of an outbreak of cholera in the state.

It said what happened “were isolated but contained cases of gastroenteritis, a stomach condition, in Okelele and Adabata” areas of Ilorin, the state capital.

Commissioner for Health Alhaji Kayode Issa said the only confirmed case of cholera has been treated, adding that cholera and gastroenteritis have similar symptoms.

Issa said a one confirmed case of cholera could not be described as an outbreak.

He said cholera is an endemic condition that could be controlled through good hygiene.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Communications, Muideen Akorede, the commissioner said 11 cases of gastroenteritis were reported last week, adding that the patients had been treated at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) and discharged.

Issa said the ministry’s emergency response teams visited the affected areas and identified the patients as well as their and their families.

He said the ministry complied with the World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) protocol on infection control."

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