Cholera kills three in Osun, others hospitalised
At least, three persons have been confirmed dead from a cholera disease that broke out in Ede, Ede North Local government of Osun State.
Three other residents of the community have been hospitalised. It was gathered that those who had been rushed to the hospital were in critical condition.
This development has thrown the people of the ancient to panic as others suspected food poisoning.
It was gathered that the victims were beggars at the popular Oke Gada area.
The Public Relations Officer of the Osun State Police Command, Mrs Yemisi Opalola, when contacted on Tuesday, confirmed the incident.
She said three persons have been confirmed dead due to the cholera outbreak in Oke Gada area of Ede while three others were currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.
But some residents suspected food poisoning being the cause of the deaths.
A resident who simply identified himself as Ibukun said the manner at which the victims died was strange and that an unknown person had visited the beggars and offered them food (Amala and soup).
“About 13 beggars have been hospitalised after some of them died. It seems they are poisoned because we have never experienced such an issue in our community.
“I got to know about the issue on Monday evening. I learnt that some beggars took food from an unknown person and after that, some are dead while others were hospitalised,” Ibukun claimed.
The Police PRO insisted it was a cholera outbreak and not food poisoning.
She said, “The Divisional Police Officer of Ede visited the Seriki of Hausa in the community over the incident because they did not report the matter to the police. The Seriki informed him that it was a Cholera outbreak and not food poisoning.
“Three people are dead while three others are in the hospital. We are still investigating the development,” she said.