As part of efforts at stopping the spread of cholera in the state, Ogun State government has decontaminated affected areas with an assurance that bacteria-disease causing severe diarrhoea and dehydration will be curtailed.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Ola Oresanya gave the assurance while supervising the decontamination of Ago-Afoju area in Sabo, Abeokuta.
Oresanya said that the exercise was going on simultaneously in Magboro in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area where the first index case was discovered.
Adding that the state government took the decision to decontaminate Ago-Afoju, Sabo in Abeokuta and Magboro in Obafemi Owode Local Government to eliminate the potency of fomites and pathogens shed by infected individuals in their immediate households and communities from infecting others.
He said although the disease was imported to the state from other states of the federation, the state government has risen up to the challenges through the Ministries of Health, Environment and other Federal and International Health Agencies domiciled in the state.
While advising residents of the affected areas especially those at Ago-Afoju in Sabo, Abeokuta to improve on their sanitation, Oresanya said they should avoid open defecation and dirty environment that can aid the spread of cholera.
Also, he hinted that the state government will continue to monitor the situations in those communities and enforce complaince with its sanitation and environmental laws when necessary.
Responding, the Seriki Hausa of Egbaland, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan thanked the state government for its quick response in curbing the disease from spreading in the two affected areas mostly habited by his kinsmen and assured of improved personal, public and environmental hygiene in the two communities.