The Lagos state Government has alerted residents and urged them to be wary of the outbreak of cholera in some parts of the country, urging everyone to embrace wholesome hygienic practices.
In a statement, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, said residents must not wait til the Lagos record cholera outbreak before they take preventive action or measures.
He noted that since cholera only thrives in unhygienic conditions, all practices such as open defecation, drinking untreated water from unclean sources, improper disposal of refuse and not washing of hands with soap must be stopped.
He appealed to members of the public to own the process by ensuring that proper toilet facilities are provided in residences and when people are outdoors, public toilets or mobile toilets must be used.
Mr Bello stated that all tenements and property owners must prevent exposure of loose refuse, properly bag and dispose of their wastes through approved PSP operators to prevent flies from feasting on them.
He informed that the present administration is very mindful of the large population of the State and has embarked upon several sensitization campaigns to enlighten residents on the dangers of a cholera outbreak.
Mr. Bello listed the measures already put in place to include door to door sensitization campaigns around neighbourhoods and estates by environmental sanitation officers and public awareness campaigns to markets, public places and parks.
The Commissioner stated that awareness campaigns are also being stepped up in the mass media through jingles in English, Yoruba and pidgin to drive the message to the hinterlands.
He warned that the State environmental Police, also known as the Task Force Against Open Defecation, had been empowered to step up its monitoring activities and apprehend anyone caught defecating in open places.
The Commissioner added that the same directive had been issued to the Kick Against Indiscipline operatives who will be going round the State to enforce sanitation laws especially as it affects hygiene in public places.