LASUTH declares red alert, readiness as cholera scare hits Lagos

By Sodiq Adelakun

The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) has issued a red alert following the outbreak of cholera in Lagos, which has claimed the lives of five individuals and led to the hospitalisation of numerous others exhibiting symptoms of the disease.

 In response to the escalating situation, LASUTH’s management has announced that healthcare workers are on high alert and precautionary measures are being swiftly implemented to contain the spread of the disease.

Through a statement released on their official Twitter handle @LASUTHIkeja, the state-owned health facility affirmed its readiness to manage and combat the potential spread of cholera, while urging stakeholders and the public to remain vigilant and cooperative in efforts to curb the outbreak.

According to the statement: “This is to inform the general public that precautionary measures have been put in place by the management of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH concerning the cholera outbreak in Lagos.

“It’s on record that scores of patients presented yesterday, Tuesday 11th June 2024 to some healthcare facilities across the state with features in keeping with cholera.

“Consequently, it is important to inform the general public that the only state-owned tertiary healthcare facility, LASUTH, is on red alert and our healthcare workers as well as other stakeholders have been put on notice in readiness for a possible spread as ours is a referral facility.

“In addition, good hygiene practice, provision of clean water at all service points and effective treatment of those presenting with symptoms of gastroenteritis are part of some measures being put in place by the management.

“Lastly, everyone is encouraged to stay informed and take preventive measures to help mitigate the spread of the disease.”

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