Cholera Out­break: Five Die, 30 Hos­pi­talised in Kogi


Yekini Ji­moh

Five per­sons have been killed, while 30 oth­ers were hos­pi­talised at the Fed­eral Medical Cen­tre in Lokoja, Kogi State, fol­low­ing an out­break of cholera in Lokoja, the state cap­i­tal.

When con­tacted, the Sole Ad­min­is­tra­tor of one of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas in the state, Hon. Lawal Shiru, said he could not con­firm the ca­su­alty fig­ure.

He, how­ever, told jour­nal­ists yes­ter­day that the case of a child was re­ported to him.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the child was vom­it­ing and defe­cat­ing ex­ces­sively and “when such things hap­pen, peo­ple nat­u­rally say that it is cholera.”

He noted that when he called the mother of the child, he was told that the child was di­ag­nosed of di­ar­rhea.

The chair­man added that he just learnt that some cases were re­ported at Kabawa and Hang­wan Masara.

He dis­closed that he was on his way to the places to con­firm the ve­rac­ity of the re­port.

But to check the epi­demic from spread­ing to other places, the sole ad­min­is­tra­tor said he had or­dered the health of­fi­cers at the lo­cal gov­ern­ment to go round and fu­mi­gate the ar­eas and also chlo­ri­nate their wells.

How­ever, a medical doc­tor at the Fed­eral Medical Cen­tre in Lokoja told jour­nal­ists that at least five peo­ple died as a re­sult of the dis­ease.

He said the signs and symp­toms, which in­cluded vom­it­ing, di­ar­rhea, leg cramps, shock, and re­nal fail­ure should be taken care of so that it would not lead to death.

“There is only one death and when we asked about the na­ture of the dis­ease, they said it was se­vere vom­it­ing and stool­ing. But since there is no post­mortem test, we can­not re­ally know whether it was cholera that caused the death,” he said.

“What we are do­ing as a first step is to put every ma­chin­ery in mo­tion to con­trol the spread and I have di­rected the Medical Direc­tor of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment area to do all he can with his of­fi­cers to en­sure that the dis­ease is brought un­der con­trol,” he added.

Ef­fort to speak with the state Com­mis­sioner for Health, Dr. Saka Audu, on the sit­u­a­tion proved abortive as his phone was switched off.

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