Dog Meat, Ogogoro Consumption Kill 32, Rivers Govt Place Ban

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Rivers State government has banned the consumption of local gin popularly

called Ogogoro, following the death of about 32 persons, 15 from Bonny

Island and Woji in Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas, and the reported

death of another 11 persons in Gokana Local Government Area, which

included seven male and four females.
The ban by government was due to the increasing death toll from

consumption of the alcoholic liquor and dog meat delicacy alleged to

contain poisonous ethanol, which now stand at 32.
Five persons reportedly died in Woji area of Obio/ Akpor after consuming

the local gin, although Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, for Rivers

State Police Command, Ahmad Mohammad, said only one death was recorded.

Rivers State government through the Department of Disease Control said the

ban had become necessary to forestall further consumption of the toxic

substance. Director of Disease Control in the state's Ministry of Health,

Dr. Roland Obed Whyte, who disclosed this, however, expressed concern over

difficulty in getting samples of the particular gin popularly called

Ogogoro or Kai-kai for thorough clinical analysis.
Why he explained that irate youths of Woji had set ablaze the shop of

Friday Dickson, (aka Etiaba) where the suspected toxic gin was bought and

consumed, erasing any samples of the gin, while the latter was currently

in police custody.
He, however, said health officials from the ministry have been dispatched

to Woji for house-to-house enlightenment on the dangers in consumption of

'highly toxic' local gin.
He said preliminary findings revealed that some of symptoms found in the

affected victims, includes vomiting and blindness.
In Bonny Island, a youth leader and spokesman for Bonny kingdom, Sunday

Wilcox, confirmed on Thursday that the death of 17 persons after the

consumption of the toxic local brew popularly kai-kai imported into the

Island. “
“As I speak with you, 17 persons have been confirmed dead. We are going to

the hospital to attend to those who are critically lying ill. We need the

help of World Health Organisation, WHO, Federal and government agencies to

assist people of Bonny kingdom,” he said.
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