Panic as Cholera hits popular Nigeria’s prison

The Lagos State government has confirmed the spread of cholera at Kirikiri prison.

Speaking on the situation, State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, reported that the government has received additional support from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to combat the infectious disease.

Abayomi highlighted the government’s swift response with urgent medical and environmental interventions, stating, “We were able to supply Kirikiri medium prison with intravenous fluids, infection prevention, and other health consumables.

Additionally, the WHO has donated 10,000 doses of pharmaceuticals, which have been delivered to the prison to support health facilities for approximately 3,200 inmates if needed.”

The commissioner also noted that immediate water and sanitation issues at the prison have been addressed, and inspections of other correctional facilities in the state are ongoing.

Tracing the cholera outbreak in Lagos, Abayomi pointed to unregulated street drinks and tainted water sources as primary sources of infection identified two weeks ago.

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