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Outbreak Of Gastroenteritis Kills 11 People In Lagos, 370 Others Saved

The Lagos State Authorities has confirmed that the outbreak of Gastroenteritis has killed 11 people within the state whereas 370 others have been saved from death.    

Gastroenteritis is attributable to micro-organisms like these inflicting typhoid fever, cholera and sure viruses. It may be contacted by consuming or ingesting contaminated meals such as raw seafood. Sufferers with gastroenteritis current with extreme acute watery diarrhea and profuse vomiting. These contaminated with micro-organisms inflicting the illness reveals indicators and signs inside 12 hours to 1 week after ingesting contaminated meals or water.

The illness impacts each youngsters and grownup and might kill inside hours if untreated. Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi in a press release on Friday disclosed that 400 circumstances of the illness had been recorded in some Native Authorities Areas of the state, with 370 circumstances handled and discharged, saying there was no trigger for alarm as government was on high of the state of affairs.

“As at today, 400 cases of gastroenteritis have been recorded in health facilities in the affected LGAS. 370 of these cases have been treated and discharged. Unfortunately, we have also recorded 11 deaths due to the outbreak. The increase in number of cases of gastroenteritis is not unconnected with persistent rain with flooding of some LGAs in the State,” he stated.

The commissioner additionally stated the eye of the government had been drawn to some deceptive, alarming and sensational studies, particularly on some social media platforms concerning the outbreak of Gastroenteritis that was skilled within the State within the past weeks.

He stated of nice concern was a voice be aware at the moment circulating on Whatsapp which emanated from an unidentified particular person purportedly linked to considered one of its well being amenities misinforming the general public concerning the alarming deaths price occasioned by the illness, thus creating concern.

“This, we consider is the handiwork of mischief makers with an intent to intentionally trigger panic amongst the populace Whereas we attraction for calm, it’s pertinent to notice that these deceptive studies are made up, spurious, incorrect and don’t characterize truth. Residents are hereby suggested to ignore any news concerning the illness that didn’t emanate from the official communication channels of the Lagos State Authorities, the Ministry of Health or it officers.

“It’s true that an extra enhance within the circumstances of Gastroenteritis was reported in some native government areas (LGAs) notably in Lagos Island, Surulere, Mushin and Ajeromi since mid-October. That is now underneath management as a results of the insurance policies and interventions that we’ve got put in place and I need to guarantee you that we’re on high of the state of affairs,” he acknowledged.

In response to Abayomi, following the report of the outbreak, Fast Response Groups on the affected LGAs led by the Medical Officers of Health have been activated, stool specimen have been collected for laboratory take a look at to verify the micro-organism inflicting the vomiting and diarrhea whereas surveillance had additionally been scaled up in communities inside the affected LGAs to stop the unfold of the an infection.

“We now have been in a position to ship some samples to our laboratories and a few of these samples examined optimistic for a sort of cholera however we’re not certain whether or not cholera is liable for all the outbreak of diarrhea and vomiting however we’re sending another samples to different laboratories and we’re going to do some in-depth evaluation to see whether or not that is only a case of cholera or whether or not there are different pathogens or brokers which are contributing to this outbreak  

“We now have been very proactive in our response and administration of the surplus circumstances of vomiting and diarrhea occasioned by the outbreak. As a part of our response, we’ve got activated an emergency operation centre (EOC) which is a command and management centre in order that we are able to effective tune logistics and sources round our response against the outbreak,” he added.

Abayomi stated because the activation, the EOC which is made up of representatives from the Ministry of Health, Main Health Care Board, Health Service Commission, Lagos State Environmental Safety Company (LASEPA), World Health Group and Central Public Health Laboratory amongst others had been assembly every day; collating outcomes, reviewing plans and interventions as effectively as suggesting and coordinating the implementation of measures to successfully curtail the unfold of the illness and handle future occurrences promptly and successfully.

“The EOC is made up of sub thematic areas of analysis, surveillance, case administration and an infection management, laboratory, communication and advocacy, pharmacy, security as effectively as logistics and information administration. Additionally, our illness surveillance officers on the State and native government ranges are at the moment finishing up intensive surveillance to stop the unfold of the illness.  

“We now have additionally put in place and nonetheless finishing up some measures and particular motion plans like improve of infrastructure in our well being amenities particularly the PHC degree; recruitment of extra well being employees; rising the availability of medication and consumables to well being amenities; steady clearing of drains and bettering the availability of fresh and moveable water to residents, in order that sooner or later, when we’ve got this climatic state of affairs the place there are extreme rains, we needs to be in higher place to reply in a short time even in a really extra efficacious method.  

“Though, Lagos is susceptible to seasonal infectious ailments like gastroenteritis because of its demography and low line megacity nature, we are going to nonetheless not relent in our effort to reply to any water born or airborne outbreaks that will occur in our State while making certain that residents stay protected and wholesome,” he stated.

Abayomi suggested members of the general public to take precautionary measures by paying due consideration to private hygiene and environmental sanitation by retaining their setting clear, avoiding open defecation, making certain drains are clear and imbibe the tradition of normal hand washing.  

He inspired Lagosians to clean their arms with soaps and water often and completely, and in addition boil their water earlier than ingesting, particularly if the supply was in doubts, including that “wash vegetables and fruit completely earlier than consuming; prepare dinner meals completely and dispose waste materials correctly. You might be suggested to visit nearest well being amenities early if you find yourself sick and keep away from going to work or school the place you might be prone to infect others.

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“Health employees are additionally suggested to take common security precautions when coping with sufferers, observe good hand washing methods and report any alarming enhance in circumstances of gastroenteritis-vomiting and diarrhea to the Medical Officer of Health of their native government or the Directorate of Illness Management.

“For studies, clarification and extra info on the outbreak of gastroenteritis, residents and well being employees can contact the Directorate of Illness Management by way of these traces: 08023169485 and 08023608195.”

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