Oyo State Government Attributes Lack of Cholera Cases to Preparedness and Environmental Policy
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Oyo State Government Attributes Lack of Cholera Cases to Preparedness and Environmental Policy

Oyo State Government Attributes Lack of Cholera Cases to Preparedness and Environmental Policy

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.

Oyo State Deputy Governor, Barr. Bayo Lawal, explained how the state has been able to improve its environmental hygiene efforts which has resulted in a cleaner environment across the state.

He disclosed this information during the celebration of the National Environmental Sanitation Day in 2024, the theme of which was: “Environmental Sanitation in the Age of Climate Change”.

National Environmental Sanitation Day is held every year 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.

Barr. Lawal said the fear that cholera was contagious and had spread to neighboring states led to the success of putting all medical personnel on alert and ensuring that all suspected cases were treated promptly.

He added that the state government has over the years implemented a number of positive and groundbreaking environmental policies that have helped improve environmental safety in various parts of the state, protecting them from the impact of climate change.

He reiterated that the administration’s zero tolerance policy towards filth and untidy dumping of garbage, cleaning and expansion of river beds in all geopolitical zones are important factors.

Lawal appealed to residents to change their attitude, urging them to prioritize healthy lifestyles over any infectious diseases, especially cholera.

He called on the public to henceforth refrain from dumping waste into drains, rivers, road dividers and unauthorized places, promising that he would manage to capitalise on the benefits achieved so far.

The Deputy Governor, speaking on behalf of Governor Seyi Makinde, pledged to provide all necessary support to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to enable it to discharge its mandate.

He said everyone should face the challenges of climate change that has spared no part of the world and appealed to the people living along the river banks in the state to be extra vigilant.

The Deputy Governor, while launching a symbolic street sweeping at Itesiwaju Market and Agodi Parking Lot in Ibadan, appealed to residents to always report important information on environmental issues to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

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 tree planting exercise.

Expressing satisfaction with the solidarity for a clean and healthy environment, architect Mogbonjubola stressed the importance of proper environmental hygiene in the context of climate change.

He said that ensuring a cleaner environment is the responsibility of all of us and urged every member of the society, especially property owners and shopkeepers in the metropolis, to clean the sewers in full compliance with the regulations.

The exercise was attended by, among others, the Head of Civil Service, Mrs. Olubunmi Oni, the Commissioner for Information, Prince Dotun Oyelade, the Commissioner for Women and Social Inclusion, Mrs. Toyin Balogun.

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