Enugu investigates strange deaths in communities

THE Enugu State Government on Thursday confirmed the strange deaths in Ette Uno and Umuopu communities in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of the state.

It said that samples of patients had been collected and sent to the National Reference Laboratory to find out the cause of the strange deaths.

An online newspaper had on Thursday reported that a strange disease had killed no fewer than 40 persons in the two Enugu communities, which shares boundary with Kogi State.

But the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ikechukwu Obi, in a statement, said the State Rapid Response Team of the ministry had visited the council area and met with its Rapid Response Team.

Obi, however, disclosed that “on-the-spot check and outbreak investigation had revealed a number of deaths from an illness with symptoms suggestive of a disease of Public Health Importance”.

He said that the Ministry of Health had informed the National Centre for Disease Control “and is collaborating with the Enugu State Ministry of Health at the local government to investigate and control”.

Assuring the general public that the ministry was on top of the situation, Obi said that the ministry would continue to give them situation report on the matter.

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