The Kogi State Government said 62 fatalities had now been confirmed in a strange disease ravaging the western part of the state.
On Thursday, health authorities in the state said the death toll was 50, now 62.
By next week, what will it be? Hmmm!
According to the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Haruna, information at the disposal of the ministry shows that the unknown disease has continued to claim the lives of some children and adults for the past few weeks in Koloke, Okuna, Isanlu-Isa and the adjourning Hausa-Fulani communities, all in the Yagba-West Local Government Area of Kogi State.
He told the press, “About 62 people have now been killed by this mysterious disease. When I visited the affected communities with my team, samples taken from some of the victims were sent to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Irua, Edo State, for definitive investigation, which turned out to be negative for Lassa fever. On arrival at the community, we interacted with the locals and samples were taken from their water sources and food supply. It was discovered that the people affected showed common symptoms including abdominal pain, vomiting and stooling. Few of the patients, however, had Hematemesis and Hematochezia.”
He cotinued on the matter, “Those found still manifesting the disease were transferred to the Kogi State Specialist Hospital for proper management where an empirical diagnosis of Food Poisoning to rule out Gastroenteritis was made. They are, however, responding well to the instituted line of treatment.”