Abdulfatah Ahmed No mysterious disease in Kwara - Commissioner says

Alege made the clarification on Thursday in Ilorin  while reacting to a report of an outbreak of a mysterious  disease.

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Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed

(Atlantic Reporter)
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Dr Atolagbe Alege,  the  Commissioner for Health in Kwara,  says no outbreak of a mysterious disease had been recorded in the state.

Alege made the clarification on Thursday in Ilorin  while reacting to a report of an outbreak of a mysterious  disease at  Oro-Ago in  Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state.

A report had made the rounds  that a strange disease was ravaging the Fulani community in the town, with infected victims defecating a  black substance and vomiting  blood before dying.

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.

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

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

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