ailment that killed 62 in Kogi identified as gastroenteritis


The Kogi State Commissioner for
Health, Dr Saka Audu , has said that the
strange disease that has killed 62
persons in the state has been
identified to be gastroenteritis .
The commissioner told newsmen on
Sunday in Lokoja that those so far
diagnosed were found to be suffering
from gastroenteritis and malaria .
He, therefore , called for calm saying
the government was on top of the
situation.
Gastroenteritis according to experts is
an inflammation of the stomach and
intestines that typically makes its
presence known in the form of
vomiting and / or diarrhoea . In severe
cases, bleeding may occur in stools .
The state Ministry of Health in a
statement on Sunday noted that the
disease killed many people in
Okunran , Okoloke and Isanlu - Esa in
Yagba West Local Government Area .
Audu stated, “ The current information
available to us is that the disease
actually started six weeks ago in
Okoloke village in Yagba West , which
is a settlement that is predominantly
inhabited by Fulani herdsmen .
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“ There have been cases of reported
deaths following abdominal pain ,
vomiting , and diarrhoea , but the
patients who showed signs of illness
had since been evacuated and
transported to Kogi State Specialist
Hospital Lokoja , for better treatment.
“ So far, we have evacuated 39 patients
from Okoloke area and only six of
them were admitted and have shown
significant sign of improvement while
others have since been discharged .
“ Out of the six that were admitted ,
three of them were diagnosed with
gastroenteritis and the remaining
three were just cases of malaria , and
they have shown remarkable signs of
improvement. ”
The commissioner stressed that the
disease was not Lassa fever as
laboratory results of samples taken
from the victims to Irrua General
Hospital, Edo State proved negative to
the disease .

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