Is it about the numbers of deaths recorded or measures put in place to address the epidemic?

Well... it seems the Kogi State government is more concerned about numbers.

The Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Audu, who denied that 62 people had died from the disease, said that those so far diagnosed were found to be suffering from gastroenteritis and Malaria.

The state Ministry of Health had in a statement put the figure of those who died at 62 in Okunran, Okoloke and Isanlu-Esa all in Yagba West Local Government Area.

“The current information available to us is that the strange disease actually started six weeks ago in Okoloke village in Yagba West, which is a settlement that is predominantly inhabited by Fulani herdsmen.

“There have been cases of reported deaths following abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea, but the patients who showed signs of illness had since been evacuated and transported to Kogi State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja for better treatment.

“So far, we have evacuated 39 patients from Okoloke area and only six of them were admitted and have shown significant sign of improvement while others have since been discharged, Audu said.

On the 62 persons earlier reported to have died, the commissioner said the figure was given by local leaders in the affected areas and is yet to be verified by state authorities.