The death toll as a result of a cholera outbreak in Abeokuta, Ogun State, has risen to five and it includes a four-month old baby and 33-year-old pregnant woman.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health in Ogun State, Dr Ayinde Akinsanya disclosed this on Friday, 29th November 2019, during a press briefing in Abeokuta.
He said reported cases of cholera has risen to 12 and five death has been recorded so far.
It was reported that four people in Abule-Otun in Abeokuta North local government area of the state has lost their lives to the outbreak.
Addressing newsmen on the outbreak, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health said the baby died at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, while others did not go to any health facility in the state.
He said the other seven cases have been hospitalised at the state hospital, Ijaye, Abeokuta.
Akinsanya said on 21st November, 2019, the state Epidemiology unit received a report of a laboratory-confirmed case of cholera from the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta.
The other victim of the outbreak is a 33-year-old pregnant woman who was at FMC on referral on the 19th November 2019 from a private facility. She resides in Abule-Otun, Lafenwa area, Abeokuta.
He further said the government has conducted active case search in all health facilities, pharmacy, outlets and patent medicine vendors.
On the next plan of action by the government, Akinsanya said, the Water Corporation has been advised to screen local sources of water in the communities.