Enugu state Government says it has collected samples from patients and sent them to the National Reference Laboratory for investigation following alleged unusual deaths in Ette Uno and Umuopu communities of Enugu Ezike in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of the state.
A statement by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Emmanuel Ikechukwu Obi, added that the State Rapid Response Team of the ministry visited Igbo-Eze North LGA, and met with the LGA Rapid Response Team,
He disclosed that “on-the-spot-check and outbreak investigation have revealed a number of deaths from an illness with symptoms suggestive of a disease of public health importance.”
Dr. Obi stated that the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has been informed “and is collaborating with the Enugu State Ministry of Health at the LGA to investigate and control the reports.”
Dr. Emmanuel Ikechukwu Obi
The health commissioner, therefore, assured the general public that the ministry was on top of the situation, and will continue to inform them as facts emerge.
Igbo-Eze North LGA shares a boundary with Kogi state.
In another development, the state government under the World Bank Assisted CARES Programme, will on Friday, November 6, 2020, commence distribution of agricultural inputs for dry season farming, to 2,000 poor and vulnerable farmers identified across the 17 LGAs of the state.
The agricultural inputs include cassava stem, rice seed, fertilizer and herbicides.
The initiative is aimed at boosting agricultural productivity and stimulating rural economy.
All the beneficiaries have been contacted accordingly