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Ondo govt suspects ‘ogogoro’ poisoning cause of strange disease

Posted: Apr 26, 2015 at 9:10 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

In a move to eradicate the strange disease that has claimed no fewer than 20 people in Ode-Irele, Irele Local Government Area, the Ondo State government has banned the production and consumption of a local gin, known as ogogoro.

The ban was contained in a statement, which the Commissioner for Health, Dayo Akinyanju, read at a press conference in Akure at the weekend.

“Our clinical analysis reveals the fact that there were no known viruses, while toxicology reports have confirmed our prime suspicion of methanol poisoning.

“We have reviewed our strategies and embarked on sensitisation to let people know that locally-made gin is prohibited.

“We will also embark on searches because this batch of methanol-containing gin must have gone round because four cases, two alive and two dead, have been found in Odigbo Local Government Area,” he said.

said religious leaders, transporters, youths, market women, and other groups would be informed of the development.

The commissioner said the ailment was being investigated; although 23 people have lost their lives so far, 10 other people receiving treatment and “Two of them have regained their sights and are back home.”

“We appeal to the general public to desist from drinking the gin until we are able to identify the source of contamination or find out how the methanol got into the drinks,” Akinyanju  said.