WHO intervenes as outbreak of cholera hits Kirikiri prison Lagos

Our reporter/ The Lagos State on Monday confirmed it is receiving additional support from the World Health Organisation (WHO) as it now battles an outbreak of cholera at the Kirikiri prison.

A statement released by the Director, of Public Affairs, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, on Sunday, quoted the Lagos State Commissioner for Health,  Akin Abayomi, as saying an outbreak of 25 cases of severe gastroenteritis caused by Cholera occurred at Kirikiri Medium Security Prison, adding that urgent medical and environmental intervention measures have been implemented with success.

“We were able to supply Kirikiri medium prison with intravenous fluids, infection prevention and other health consumables. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) has donated 10,000 doses of pharmaceuticals which have been delivered to the prison to support prison health facilities with prevention strategies for about 3,200 inmates if required.

Immediate water and sanitation issues have been corrected and there are ongoing inspections of other correctional facilities in the State,” the Commissioner said.

The Lagos State Government also announced a significant improvement in daily cholera cases from the spike reported two weeks ago. It, however, acknowledged evidence of ongoing low-grade community transmission, because few cases are still presenting to hospitals across the state.

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While providing further updates on the cholera outbreak following the “One Health” Inter-governmental agency strategic meeting held over the weekend, Abayomi revealed that although no new cholera-related deaths have been reported in the last 72 hours, the government was intensifying countermeasures to eliminate transmission.

Abayomi noted that the reduction in new daily cases and the absence of new deaths, indicated interventions are bearing dividends, however, more importantly, residents are adhering to public health information and advice on safety measures and the need for early presentation to health facilities when symptoms develop.

Addressing the source of the original outbreak two weeks ago, he disclosed that it has been traced to unregulated street beverages and contaminated water supply.
He explained that many of the samples taken from popular street beverages purchased by undercover environmental officers from the Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) and the Ministry of Health in the affected areas confirmed the presence of vibrio cholera bacteria which is the cause of cholera.

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“All of the containers had no NAFDAC accreditation numbers, indicating they are small cottage backyard informal production units. Identifying the precise location of manufacture has proven difficult and the directorate of environmental health is planning to seal any such unregulated manufacture and make arrests of anybody involved with the manufacture or distribution of beverages without NAFDAC numbers,” Abayomi said.

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