In the Lagelu Local Government Area of Oyo State, no less than 11 people have been confirmed dead and five others are reportedly hospitalized following the outbreak of a mysterious disease.
Although some state residents say that it is an outbreak of cholera as the symptoms closely compare with the deadly disease, the state government has said that the claim could not be substantiated immediately as the reports of victims’ samples are still awaited.
Commenting on the development, Mr Kelani Abdullahi, the Chairman of the Caretaker, Lagelu Local Government Area, said the cause of the ‘strange’ disease was being investigated.
“So far, 11 people have lost their lives due to the outbreak, with five people hospitalized and four people discharged.”
Also commenting, Dr Bashiru Bello, State Commissioner for Health, said,
“The tests carried out on the infected individuals are still premature and the collected samples have not confirmed that the disease is cholera.”
He said the bad unhygienic conditions and the dirty atmosphere in the region were recorded by surveillance and health officers sent to the local government to take samples and evaluate the situation.