The Ogun state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye has urged residents of the state, to always maintain high level of personal and environmental hygiene, in order to keep Cholera disease at bay.
Dr. Ipaye, who said this at Success Model Workshop on Public Sector Strengthening, organized by Marie Stopes International, in Abeokuta, said efforts have been made on environmental engineering and infrastructural development, to rebuild cholera epidemic areas, so that major causes of disease such as, water pollution, contamination and massive flooding, would no longer occur in the State.
The Commissioner also stated that the State Surveillance System was top-notch, as it was awarded the best Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response in Nigeria by the World Health Organization (WHO), assuring that the State was unlikely to have cholera because the critical determinant of such has been eliminated.
“The critical location of cholera epidemic in the State has been rebuilt by the Government. Most of the location where we have water pollution, contamination and massive flooding are no longer there, that is why, when other States recorded flooding in the last couple of years, Ogun State was not part of them.
“There are a whole lot of efforts, apart from environmental engineering and infrastructural development, we have also embarked on massive health education and we will continue to communicate the need to maintain high level of personal and environmental hygiene to our people”, the Commissioner stated.
He therefore lauded partners for their contributions in the development of health sector in the State, promising that the State would continue to create enabling environment for more partnership that would engender successful collaboration.
On his part, the Head of Operations, Marie Stopes, Nigeria, Emmanuel Clifford Ajah, commended the State government for the support so far, adding that Ogun was one of the states in the country that had created a conducive atmosphere for partnership to thrive.