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Cholera death toll hits 24 in Lagos

The death toll from the cholera outbreak in Lagos state has risen to 24, with 35 confirmed cases; while there are 417 suspected cases in the 20 local government areas of the state. 

The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, disclosed this on his X handle, @ProfAkinAbayomi, on Friday morning, saying the update was from the Lagos State Cholera Outbreak Situation Report (EPI Week 25) as of 19th of June, 2024.

“The situation report indicates 417 suspected cases, 35 confirmed cases, and a total of 24 recorded deaths. The graphs depict the distribution of cases across the 20 LGAs in the state,” he tweeted.

From the graphic illustration, the peak of the outbreaks occurred in Ajeromi, Kosofe, Epe, Ikorodu, Alimosho, and Eti-Osa LGAs on June 10, 2024.

Abayomi, therefore, advised Lagosians to adhere strictly to personal and environmental hygiene and to stay safe from infection-risk areas.

Recall that on Thursday, the special adviser to the Lagos state governor on health, Dr. Kemi Ogunyemi, announced an increase in the number of deaths to 21 as suspected cases rose to 401 across the state.

Also, he said Lagos Island, Kosofe, and Eti Osa recorded the highest infections.

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LASTMA impounds 40 vehicles over illegal parking, obstructions

Oguntade Ismaila

Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Friday disclosed that they had impounded over 4o vehicles for illegal parking and obstructions at various locations in Lagos state.

According to the operatives, the exercise was a decisive move to restore order and ensure the free flow of traffic in the state.

They added that the Authority impounded 25 commercial and 15 private vehicles operating illegal garages and causing serious road obstructions around Oyingbo, Ijora, and Idumota areas of Lagos.

The agency’s director, public affairs and enlightenment department, Adebayo Taofiq, who made the disclosure to journalists at the office headquarters, Oshodi, Lagos, said the operation was led by the head of enforcement, Mr. Kayode Odunuga, under the directives of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa.

Reacting, the governor’s aide said “this impoundment exercise began in recent weeks and it is part of a broader initiative by the Lagos state government to enhance the efficiency of the city’s transportation network.”

He emphasised the government’s commitment to maintaining law and order on the roads, ensuring that all traffic regulations are strictly enforced.

“Illegal garages have been a significant challenge in our quest to maintain a seamless traffic flow in Lagos. These impoundments send a strong message to all offenders that the state will not tolerate activities that disrupt public order and endanger the lives of our citizens.

“Our goal is to create a safe and orderly environment for all road users and this action is a crucial step in that direction.”

“The targeted areas, Oyingbo, Ijora, and Idumota, are known hotspots for traffic congestion due to unauthorised parking and the establishment of makeshift garages,” he said.

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