No mysterious disease in Kwara

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Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara state
Governor Ahmed of Kwara

By Fatima Mohammed-Lawal

Kwara state government has denied recording any mysterious disease that has killed many people but admitted recording a scourge of yellow fever, diarrhoea and malaria.

Dr Atolagbe Alege, the Commissioner for Health in Kwara, on Thursday reacted to a report of the outbreak of Oro-Ago in Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state.

The strange disease was reported to be ravaging the Fulani community in the town but the Commissioner dismissed the report, saying there was no such disease in the state.

“The ministry sees it as a rumour because we deployed a response team comprising of an epidemiologist, directors of public health and the disease surveillance response team,” he said.

He said experts at the ministry in company with a team from the World Health Organisation visited Oro-Ago where they met with elders and community leaders.

Alege said the team found no such mysterious disease affecting the Fulani population in the area.

The commissioner also said the response team had taken samples from some sick people at Abanisi and ECWA hospitals in Oro- Ago, adding that there was no confirmed mortality.

He, however, confirmed yellow fever, diarrhea and malaria in the community.

“The governor has directed the general hospitals across the state to be on standby in case of any unforeseen occurrence,” he said.

Alege further disclosed that the result of the sample earlier taken from the community was expected to arrive in Ilorin on Thursday was delayed.

He said that the government would communicate the result as soon as examination was concluded on it, adding that there was no need for panic.(NAN)


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