CHOLERA: INTENSIFY ENVIRONMENTAL SURVEILLANCE – FG TELLS STATES, LGAS 

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The Federal Government has urged states and local governments to scale-up environmental health surveillance in places where food and drinks are sold nationwide.
 
The Minister of State for Environment, Dr Iziag Salako in a statement on Monday in Abuja listed such places to include markets, garages, schools, restaurants, stadia, religious and sporting events venues.
 
Salako emphasized that the measures would help avert further spread and transmission of cholera, as well as aid in the prevention and control of the disease.
 
He also urged all Commissioners for Environment and the Local Government Chairpersons to support environmental health officers across the country to step up sanitation and hygiene activities through enhanced community-led total sanitation.
 
The minister said that arrangements had been made to support most affected states with chlorine solution or tablets, water and food testing resources to avert further transmission across the country.
 
Cholera outbreak as a seasonal public health issue in Nigeria occurs annually mostly during the rainy season and often in areas with poor sanitation and hygiene practices.

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