Strange Disease ; Kogi Govt. insists nobody died in Kogi.
ATABOR JULIUS LOKOJA.
As the outbreak of strange disease that has killed scores of people in some parts of the state continues to elicit reactions, the Kogi state government on Wednesday insisted that the reports making the rounds that over 50 persons had lost their lives in Olomaboro local government council of the state, was far from the truth as those who allegedly died were from Enugu state.
Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Audu while on Channels TV Sunrise Daily of Wednesday denied the death report but said if there was any death at all they would have died on soil of Enugu state which is sharing border with Ette community.
He also explained why it was impossible for the disease to cross the boundary from Enugu to Kogi stressing that the dead were within the economic and productive age of 25 to 40 years and also listed the symptoms to include headache, red eye, loss of appetite, inability to urinate or defecate and convulsion before death.
However, the state Health Commissioner, Dr. Audu, faulted the lawmaker’s claims and urging journalists to be sent to Etteh community for on-the-spot assessment and validation of his (Audu) stance.
In the Health Commissioner’s words: “There is no death from any strange disease on our side of the divide.
“Etteh, a border community with Enugu State, is in Olamaboro Local Government of Kogi State. I have been in contact with Enugu Health Commissioner, who said samples have been taken (from the Enugu residents), while even NCDC had said the deaths (in Enugu) are from Yellow Fever.