The Ogun State Government has raised the alarm on the outbreak of gastroenteritis in some parts of the state.
The government said the outbreak was recorded in Magboro and Ofada of Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area.
Dr Tomi Coker, commissioner for Health confirmed the development in a in a statement yesterday, saying the reported cases were predominant among commercial motorcycle (okada) riders and scavengers in the area.
According to her, “The causative agent cannot be confirmed yet because appropriate sample could not be collected as there were no active casse yet to commence antibiotics.”
She pointed out that a number of people are currently receiving treatment to control the number of casualties.
Coker noted that an unregistered clinic run by a quack had also contributed to the outbreak, as the cases were being managed unreported.
However, she said that a treatment centre had been set up at the Magboro-Akeran Health Centre where treatment items had been made available by the Department of Public Health, Ogun State Ministry of Health.
“Neighbouring communities have equally been sensitised on steps to take and where to seek care or report any suspicious cases, while the suspected public toilet had been sealed for sanitization,” she said.
Pix: Dr Coker