The Lagos State Government has activated its Emergency Operation Centre to tackle the outbreak of gastroenteritis and other infectious diseases in the state.
A statement by the Lagos State Ministry of Health said the EOC was inaugurated on Wednesday by the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi.
Abayomi said the EOC was made up of representatives from the Ministry of Health, Primary Health Care Board, Health Service Commission, Lagos Environmental Protection Agency, World Health Organisation and Central Public Health Laboratory.
He added that the EOC members would be meeting on a daily basis to collate results, review plans, as well as suggest and coordinate the implementation of measures to curtail the spread of the disease and manage future occurrences.
The statement read in part, “The EOC will coordinate and fine-tune logistics and resources in response to the increase in numbers of diarrhoea and vomiting recorded in the past weeks in five local government areas of Lagos State.
“We are going to have a complete narrative of what happened during these past weeks and how we are going to move forward,” Abayomi said.
The commissioner stated that the state government had been proactive in its response and management of the excess cases of vomiting and diarrhoea in the state.
He said, “We have been able to send some samples to our laboratories and some of those samples tested positive for a type of cholera but we are not sure whether cholera is responsible for the entire outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting but we are sending some other samples to other laboratories and we are going to do some in-depth analysis to see whether this is just a case of cholera or whether there are other pathogens or agents that are contributing to this outbreak.”
He added that disease surveillance officers at the state and local government area levels were carrying out intensive surveillance to stop the spread of the disease.