*creates fears in Lagelu LG, 5 in hospital
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Fears of suspected strange disease have gripped the people of Lagelu Local Government Area of Oyo State as the strange disease has claimed no fewer than 11 lives.
New Nigerian gathered that the strange disease which to some people in the area could be cholera reared its head early October at Ariku and Lagun villages in the local government.
It was learnt that the strange sickness termed as Cholera claimed six lives few days after it was first discovered at the two villages, leaving about five others hospitalised. Sources at the local government said the strange sickness was first noticed at the Lagelu Local Government Area ward 4, Ariku village and two weeks later at ward 6, which is Lagun village.
However, the state government on its part stated that the sickness has not been established as results of samples taken from the victims are still being awaited.
Caretaker Chairman, Lagelu local government, Mr Kelani Abdullahi while speaking on the situation in his local government stated that part of the immediate action by the government was to investigate the cause of the sickness, and that investigation had revealed that it was as a result of lack of access to clean and potable water by the affected persons.
The Chairman confirmed that 11 persons have lost their lives to the strange disease with five persons currently hospitalised while four persons have been discharged.
Oyo state Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashiru Bello in his reaction stated that the tests carried out on the affected persons are still premature and the samples collected have not confirmed the sickness to be cholera, adding that the surveillance and health officers sent to the local government to take samples and assess the situation reported the poor unhygienic and dirty environment where the victims reside.
According to the Commissioner, this could have exposed them to all sorts of sickness and infection adding that all the victims of the sickness have been hospitalised and are all responding to treatment.
While urging the people of the area and other parts of the state to be calm, the Health Commissioner assured that the state government is on top of the situation.