by Citizens Platform
The Ogun state government, and the state medical association have confirmed the outbreak of the gastroenteritis in some local government areas of the state.
Gastroenteritis is a catchall term for infection or irritation of the digestive tract, particularly the stomach and intestine. It is frequently referred to as the stomach or intestinal flu, although the influenza virus is not associated with this illness. Major symptoms include nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. These symptoms are sometimes also accompanied by fever and overall weakness. Gastroenteritis typically lasts about three days. Adults usually recover without problem, but children, the elderly, and anyone with an underlying disease are more vulnerable to complications such as dehydration.
The Ogun state commissioner for health, Olaokun Soyinka said Abeokuta south local government remained the most affected with 76 cases of the 104 cases reported.
The commissioner briefing newsmen, challenged residents to maintain personal and environmental hygiene as the disease was caused by poor disposal of faeces, poor environmental sanitation and lack of portable water.
He however said that the state government is curtailing the outbreak as proactive measures are being put in place to curtail the spread of the disease.
Source: Citizens Platform
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