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Oyo denies cholera outbreak claims

Cholera treatment center in Dala, Maiduguri.

Oyo state health ministry said on Wednesday there is no evidence to back claims of a cholera outbreak in Lagun village of Lagelu Local Government Area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

It said a technical committee had investigated the reported outbreak and submitted its report to the government.

Reports spoke of 11 people having died of “strange illness” and five others hospitalized.

Commissioner of health Bashir Bello signed off on the report, saying claims of a cholera outbreak were unfounded.

The report, titled “Re: Rumours of suspected cholera outbreak in Lagelu LGA of Oyo State,” indicated that investigations by the state’s Epidemiological Team, including the DSNO and LGA Teams in Lagelu and surrounding LGAs, showed there is no evidence to back such rumour.

The team investigating the claims said it did not see any fresh grave or burial ground to ascertain claims of mass death, said Taiwo Adisa, chief press secretary to Gov Makinde.

The ministry has pre-positioned antibiotics and intravenous fluids at the state’s health facility in Lagun to prevent an outbreak of cholera in the area.

The Commissioner added that the state has also begun an active case search in affected communities and neighbouring states as well as community engagement and enlightenment on the prevention of diarrheal diseases including cholera.