Kogi State Commissioner for Health,Saka Audu has denied report that 50 persons have died of a strange Illness in Olamaboro local government of the State as reported by a Ujah Anthony Alewo, lawmaker representing the constituency on Tuesday.
The Health Commissioner although confirmed that 43 people indeed died of strange Illness but from a border town located in Enugu State.
Speaking in an interview on Channels Television,the commissioner said “Those deaths, I know 46 people are confirmed to have died on the side of Enugu State. I have been in contact with the Commissioner for health in Enugu State, we have discussed the issue and shared ideas. No such illness on Kogi side of the divide. No death has occurred in our own region.
“However, we have alerted all the health stakeholders. We have communicated with the traditional ruler of Olamabaro Local Government Area,” he said.
While dismissing that there is no hospital in the community, the health commissioner insisted that there is primary healthcare in the affected Local Government.
“We have a ‘cottage’ hospital and a general hospital in the same local government. You cannot expect every community to have a tertiary institution but at least we have primary healthcare there,” Audu said.
The lawmaker representing Olamaboro Constituency, Honourable Ujah Anthony Alewo while moving a motion of urgent public importance at the floor of the house on Tuesday said 50 residents of Etteh Community in Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi State have died of ‘alien epidemic’ from September till date.
“The reports reaching my constituency office from the community leaders confirmed that over 50 people within the economic and productive age of 25 to 40 years died from September to date.
The lawmaker asked that the State Government should construct a Hospital in Etteh Community adding that it is “more worrisome that all efforts to get solutions using the local herbs and treatment at local health centres with referrals to neighboring clinics and hospitals at Ogugu and Okpo in Olamaboro respectively was not successful.”