THE Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris has assured that last week’s outbreak of cholera in Isolo Local Council Development Area, LCDA, of the state has been successfully curtailed, noting that no new case or death had been recorded.
Idris, who said several of those earlier admitted to hospitals for treatment, have been discharged, however, noted that the remaining four patients were responding to treatment.
He said: “There have been no new case or death. We have four cases left in the hospital and there is a lot of progress. What we are doing now is to check the source, especially the consumption of African Salad called Abacha. We are on it to ensure that we do not have any more infected source.” The Health Commissioner said this at the end of the Partnership for Transforming the Health System Phase II, PATHS2 project in the state.
He further said: “It is time to start looking at public healthcare in the realm of security. Unfortunately, people are talking about bio-security, bio-safety across the world, but in this country we are totally unaware what is happening.” “Some people can come into this country and manipulate cholera organism or typhoid organism to cause confusion by way of spreading it across our water system. It is time we start looking at public health and security as one entity. “We do not respect information and data. Meanwhile, there is no organisation that can thrive properly without it. So we need to change our attitude towards that. Information technology is essential at all level.”
Corroborating his view, the National Programme Manager of PATHS2 , Mike Egboh said that as long as diseases occur in the community it is important to empower and equip them with the right information.