The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, on Monday said that arrangements are ongoing to build more public toilets and good drainages to reduce the risk of cholera outbreak in the state.
Idris said at a press briefing that inadequate sanitary facilities and poor drainages were some of the major causes of cholera, which accounted for about 20 per cent of under-five mortality.
The commissioner blamed the dearth of adequate public toilets for the current situation where people defecated at will anywhere under the cover of darkness.
He said the provision of more public toilets would reduce or eliminate such and reduce contamination of drinking water and unhygienic methods of excreta disposal which were closely associated with cholera.
He described the disease as an acute bacterial intestinal disease characterized by sudden onset of profuse painless stools and vomiting.
He also listed the indiscriminate disposal of waste and domestic water as part of the causes of cholera.
“The rains are yet to cease so it is very important to cultivate hygienic behavior so as to prevent the floods from washing manure, waste and faeces into water sources,” he said.
The commissioner advised the public to always boil their drinking water and store household refuse in clean dustbins with tight lids and improve on personal hygiene. He said that personal and environmental hygiene was the surest way to ensure that the risk of contacting cholera was reduced.