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Lagos awareness campaign to stop cholera

25 October 2013, 14:34

Lagos - Lagos State has embarked on a massive enlightenment exercise aimed at curbing the spread of cholera amid an increase in such cases in recent days.

Part of the awareness measures the state said it had adopted include radio jingles, television commercials, online awareness campaign and notices at public centres.

The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lateef Ibirogba is confident the campaign will safeguard residents from contracting the disease.

“The huge population of Lagos had made it very important to enlighten the public on the measures to be taken to prevent the spread of disease. This is the reason why the State government has stepped up its efforts in sensitizing the public on ways to curb its spread,” said the official.

Ibirogba reminded the need for members of the public to maintain high standard of personal and environmental hygiene at all times as part of the measures to prevent the spread of the cholera epidemic.

He said the government had already formed an inter-ministerial collaboration involving the Ministries of Health, Environment and Information, Lagos State Waste Management Authority and Lagos State Water Corporation as part of measures to curb the spread of the epidemic.

According to him, emergency preparedness and response (EPR) committees at local government and state levels have been sensitized on preparedness and response to the outbreak.

Ibirogba said the government had also purchased and distributed to all health centers in local government areas of the state drugs for the management of the disease.

More than 80 people have reportedly been killed by cholera around the country.

Seven states have reported recent outbreak of the disease. Zamfara, where about 50 people have died, is the worst-affected.

In Lagos, three people have died from the 50 cases reported.

– CAJ News


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