From Francis Nansak, Lafia
Medical experts from the Nasarawa State Ministry of Health, Lafia, have dismissed rumours making the round of a cholera outbreak in Ungwan Lambu, a predominantly students settlement in Keffi Local Government of the state.
There was a general apprehension in the community recently over the alleged outbreak of cholera, which residents blamed for the death of one person while over 20 persons were hospitalized.
Investigation by The AUTHORITY revealed that those affected by the disease were mostly students living in the Angwan Lambu community , which is not far from the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, even as no fewer than four of the institution’s students were hospitalised in the school’s clinic.
One of the students in the area, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said they noticed some students in the community vomiting and at the same time stooling , which prompted the fear of cholera outbreak.
A community leader , Mallam Abubakar Mohammed, who also confirmed the ugly incident to our correspondent in Keffi, said one Ramatu Abdullahi, a housewife and mother of eight lost her life as a result of the outbreak of the disease a day after she was admitted in a General Hospital.
When contacted, the Public Relation Officer of the Nasarawa State University, Mr. Abraham Ekpo, said the outbreak was initially thought to be cholera until experts from the state ministry of health who immediately visited the school to ascertain what the real cause of the sickness proved otherwise.
“We don’t take lightly issues affecting our students, that was why we first suspected it was cholera, but with the intervention of the health ministry, the position of the ministry has superseded ours, because they came on time and took samples,” the PRO said.
Meanwhile, the Director, Primary Health Care in the health ministry, Dr. Ibrahim Adamu, said samples from the patients at Angwan Lambu revealed that it was Salmonella Enterridis and not cholera.
“It is just because they have similar symptoms but very different as cholera is known for vomiting and diarrhoea while in the case of Salmonella, it comes with severe fever, headache and weakness of the body,” he said.