Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Saka Audu, has denied claims by a lawmaker in the State’s House of Assembly that 50 persons died in the state as a result of a strange illness.
“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,” Audu said while speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.
He added that the Kogi State Ministry of Health has alerted all health stakeholders and communicated with the traditional ruler of Olamabaro Local Government Area.
While dismissing claims that there is no hospital in the community, the health commissioner insisted that there is a 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.
Recall that 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.