Zero Cholera Cases Through Preparedness and Environmental Policies – Oyo Government
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Zero Cholera Cases Through Preparedness and Environmental Policies – Oyo Government

Oyo State authorities believe that the lack of cholera cases in the state is due to the state’s preparedness to deal with unforeseen epidemic circumstances and recent reforms and environmental protection policies.

The Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Mr. Bayo Lawal, has explained how the state has improved its environmental hygiene practices which has resulted in a cleaner environment across the state. He disclosed this during the celebration of the National Environmental Hygiene Day 2024 with the theme: “Environmental Hygiene in the Era of Climate Change.”

National Environmental Sanitation Day is held annually on June 28 to raise awareness of the need to practice personal and environmental hygiene among Nigerians. However, Oyo State commemorated the day on Tuesday, July 9, 2024.

Lawal said fears that cholera was contagious and had spread to neighbouring states contributed to the success in putting all medical personnel on high alert and ensuring that all suspected cases were quickly cared for.

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He added that the state government has over the years taken several positive and groundbreaking environmental measures that have improved environmental safety in the face of the effects of climate change in every nook and cranny of the state.

He reiterated that the administration’s zero tolerance policy on filth and untidy dumping of garbage, as well as the cleaning and widening of river channels in all geopolitical zones, are important factors. Lawal appealed for a change in the mindset of the residents, urging them to prioritize healthy lifestyles over all infectious diseases, especially cholera.

He called on the public to henceforth desist from dumping waste into drains, rivers, road dividers and unauthorized places, promising to consolidate the achievements made so far. The Deputy Governor, who spoke on behalf of Governor Seyi Makinde, promised to provide the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources with all the necessary support to fulfil its mandate.

He said everyone should rise to the challenge of climate change, which has spared no part of the world, urging residents of riverbanks in the state to be extra vigilant. As the deputy governor commenced a symbolic street sweeping at Itesiwaju Market and Agodi Parking Lot in Ibadan, he enjoined residents to always notify the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of important information on environmental matters.

Similarly, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Hon. Abdulmojeed Mogbonjubola, whose Ministry supported the exercise, led the Environmental Sanitation Sensitization team to Oje Market to continue the state government’s tree planting exercise. Expressing satisfaction over the solidarity towards a clean and healthy environment, Architect Mogbonjubola emphasized the importance of proper environmental sanitation on climate change.

He described a cleaner environment as the responsibility of all, calling on every member of the public, especially property owners and shopkeepers in the metropolis, to desilt their drainage systems in full compliance. The exercise was attended by the State Head of Service, Mrs. Olubunmi Oni, the Commissioner for Information, Prince Dotun Oyelade, the Commissioner for Women and Social Inclusion, Mrs. Toyin Balogun, among other dignitaries.

Then, environmental protection stakeholders met at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, where environmental safety experts discussed contemporary environmental safety mechanisms with them.