July 18, 2024

Dr. Muyiwa #Gbadegesin Urges Hygiene Measures to Combat #Cholera Outbreak in #Lagos


Dr. Muyiwa #Gbadegesin Urges Hygiene Measures to Combat #Cholera Outbreak in #Lagos

Dr. Muyiwa #Gbadegesin Urges Hygiene Measures to Combat #Cholera Outbreak in #Lagos

Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, CEO of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), urges residents to prioritize hygiene and proper waste management to combat the recent cholera outbreak.

The disease, caused by Vibrio cholerae infection, spreads through contaminated water and food. Proactive measures include waste disposal, safe water, hand-washing, and sanitation facilities. Cooperation is crucial for a clean and safe environment.

He gave the advice in his office, Ijora Olopa, against the recent outbreak of the disease, which has claimed some lives, leaving many hospitalised.

He said, “The outbreak of cholera in the state is a serious public health concern. It is imperative that every resident takes proactive measures to prevent further spread of the disease. Ensuring proper personal and domestic hygiene, including efficient waste management, will go a long way in curbing the spread of the fatal disease”.

The LAWMA boss suggested several precautionary measures including: proper waste disposal; ensuring safe drinking water; frequent hand-washing with soap; food safety practices and use of proper sanitation facilities among others.

He admonished residents to shun indiscriminate refuse dumping and to imbibe the practice of bagging and disposing of their waste using covered bins, to prevent the spread of diseases by vectors, and to ensure seamless evacuation by assigned PSP operators.

Gbadegesin said the Authority would continue to intensify efforts at making sure that waste generated across the state was promptly and efficiently managed, with service providers working around the clock to clean up black spots.

He further appealed to residents to always wash their hands when they come in contact with waste, either while bagging or putting in covered bins, urging them to align with the state government’s environmental and health safety policies, by avoiding reckless waste dumping in drains, road medians, among other negative environmental practices.

“We are fully committed to the health and safety of every Lagosian. Our teams are on the ground, ensuring that waste is properly collected and disposed of to minimise health risks. However, we need the cooperation of all residents to maintain a clean and safe environment,” he stressed.

Dr. Muyiwa #Gbadegesin Urges Hygiene Measures to Combat #Cholera Outbreak in #Lagos

It would be recalled that the agency had over the years championed the campaign on the importance of waste bagging and proper containarisation, through various programmes and initiatives.

For more information about LAWMA’s initiatives and how to support efforts to maintain a clean environment, please visit www.lawma.gov.ng or call our toll-free numbers: 080000LAWMA (08000052962), 07080601020 and 617.

*Kadiri Folashade (Mrs.)*
Director, Public Affairs

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