The Federal Government has said the recent cholera outbreak in Lagos State, where about 134 cases were reported, was caused by contaminated African Salad.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Ambassador Sani Bala, stated this on Monday in Abuja during a joint press briefing with a Non-Governmental Organization, WaterAid Nigeria, in commemoration of this year’s first United Nations endorsed World Toilet Day.
Between September and October this year, an estimated 2,771 cases and 124 deaths with case fatality rate of 4.5 percent of cholera were reported as at November 12.
But Chukwu said the yearly occurrence of cholera could be stopped “if there is a mechanism to stop open defecation which will prevent contamination of water sources and foods that are major causes of cholera in the country.”
He added, “Reports from the 14 states affected by the cholera and gastroenteritis outbreak indicated that indiscriminate open defecation practice and lack of toilet facilities which contaminated water sources and foods were the major causes of cholera in these states.
“For instance, most of the cases of cholera in Lagos State were caused by eating contaminated salad while Zamfara state which recorded 1,000 cases with 50 deaths were due to consumption of water that have been heavily contaminated with faecal matters.”