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Ede Deaths: We’ve Taken Samples For Laboratory Analysis– Osun Health Commissioner

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Dr Rafiu Isamotu, Commissioner for Health

Following death of three persons in Ede, Ede North Local Government area of Osun, who were said to have died from suspected cholera disease, the State Government has revealed that samples have been taken for laboratory analysis.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu while speaking with journalists said that the results were still being awaited.

CityMirrorNews had on Tuesday reported the death of three beggars who died from suspected strange cholera.

The incident which occurred at Oke-Gada area in Ede has thrown the area into confusion, as most residents were suspecting food poisoning and alleging that the beggars have been used for ritual purposes.

Contrary to the information, Dr Isamotu revealed that the symptoms that presented from the three persons that have died so far clinically looked like cholera.

The Health Commissioner, however, explained that the cause of the hospitalisation and subsequent deaths of the three persons who were beggars from the Northern part of the country could not be described as cholera until laboratory tests ascertains it to be so.

According to him, “The symptoms clinically looks like cholera but in medicine, we don’t just speculate and conjure.”

“We have taken the samples to the laboratory and are still awaiting results before we can boldly say it is cholera. The laboratory diagnosis must confirm our suspicions first”, he added.

The Commissioner also confirmed to our Correspondent that only three casualties have been recorded so far, with one death on Sunday evening and two on Monday.

“They were admitted in a health facility in Ede. Six persons have been discharged from the hospital while we have hope of discharging the remaining three this morning.

“I have been to Ede to see their Seriki Hausa and we have talked,” he added.

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