The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, has said the cause of the ravaging Cholera Outbreak in the state is yet to be identified.

This is contrary to reports making rounds on social media that the epidemic originated from ingestion of local tiger nut drink.

Revealing the development on his X handle on Saturday, Akin Abayomi said the fresh cases were recorded as of 20th June 2024, 24 hours after the state announced an increase in deaths recorded from the disease.

Abayomi in series of infographics posted added that cases were reported from Agege, Badagry, Ikeja, Mushin, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Epe, Ikorodu, Ojo, Alimosho, and Eti-Osa, Kosofe, Oshodi-Isolo, Amuwo-Odofin, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos Island, Shomolu, Apapa, Ifako-Ijaiye, Lagos Mainland, and Surulere.

He said that the Emergency Operations Centre, in collaboration with all relevant partners, is actively engaged in contact tracing, community-based surveillance, awareness campaigns, sample testing, and ensuring that confirmed cholera cases receive appropriate medical treatment.

Taking a step further, the health commissioner advised residents to adhere strictly to personal and environmental hygiene.

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Although, there were speculations that the Lagos cholera may have emanated from locally-made tiger nut drinks, a source in the State Ministry of health, told Sunday Vanguard, that the cause of the outbreak was yet unknown as the state was still conducting investigations in different areas.

In a confirmation statement, Abayomi emphasised that the cause is yet to be identified.

“We have not been able to identify and batch of locally made beverages that contain the cholera bacteria as of now, but we are still searching.”

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