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No cholera in Osun– Govt 

By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo

The Special Adviser to the Osun State Government has said there is no reported issue of cholera in the state.

The Special Adviser on Health Matters, Dr. Adekunle Akindele, clarified this in a statement, saying the state has yet to record any confirmed cases of cholera. 

He described the report of 11 confirmed cases of cholera in Osun State as inaccurate. 

Dr. Akindele clarified that contrary to the claim in the report, Osun recorded 13 suspected cases of cholera, but all turned out negative upon laboratory assessment. 

He assured the people of the state of adequate preventive measures by the government to prevent the occurrence and respond to any outbreak whenever a case is recorded.

“Osun State Government, through the Ministry of Health, has proactively reactivated and established the Public Health Rapid Response Team (PHRRT) and Cholera Technical Working Group (CTWG), respectively, to ensure adequate surveillance and risk communication activities to guarantee the health of the citizens,” he disclosed. 

He added, “Though Osun is yet to record any confirmed case of cholera, adequate preventive measures have been put in place to prevent the occurrence and respond to the outbreak in case we eventually record a case.”

Speaking further, Dr. Akindele noted that the state government is utilizing the media to sensitize the public on preventive measures against cholera, while surveillance mechanisms across the 30 local government areas and border towns have been heightened to fight the spread of the disease.

“Thirteen samples collected so far. All 13 samples sent to the laboratory, of which 13 (100%) were negative, 0 positive, and no pending results,” he pointed out, adding that “Cholera RDT kits and transport media have been strategically distributed to some health facilities across the 30 LGAs.”

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He said the Ministry of Health will continue to intensify public awareness on the prevention of cholera and what to do when symptoms develop, calling on the media not to pander to sensationalism at a time like this but rather focus on the dissemination of information that will save lives.

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