Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health in Ogun State, Dr Ayinde Akinsanya disclosed on Friday, that the death toll as a result of a cholera outbreak in Abeokuta has risen to five and it includes a four-month-old baby and 33-year-old pregnant woman.
Speaking during a press conference, Akinsanya said so far, the number of the reported cases has risen to 12 and five persons have died.
It was reported that four persons in Abule-Otun in the Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the state have lost their lives to the outbreak.
Addressing newsmen on the outbreak, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of health said, the baby died at the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, while others did not go to any health facility in the state.
He said the other seven cases have been hospitalised at the state hospital, Ijaye, Abeokuta.
Speaking on the action taken by the ministry, Akinsanya said a thorough investigation has commenced in the affected communities to control the outbreak.
He further said, the government has conducted active case search in all health facilities, pharmacy, outlets and patent medicine vendors.
On the next plan of action by the government, Akinsanya said, the Water Corporation has been advised to screen local sources of water in the communities.
He also said that plans have been put in place to provide alternative source of water to break transmission.