The Imo State Commissioner for Health, Bartholomew Okorochukwu, has dismissed reports that the state recorded thirty-seven fresh COVID-19 deaths.
Okorochukwu, said health officials in the state visited Mbitolu Local Government Area where the information emanated but found the report to be totally false.
“This news briefing became necessary based on the news making the rounds that there were about 37 persons in Mbitolu Local Government Area that died within the space of one week and that the town was in turmoil.
“We received information that the villagers were in shock, running helter-skelter, and that they wanted the state government to come urgently to their rescue.
“One of the key things our health team noticed on arrival was that people went about their normal businesses with no form of pandemonium anywhere,’’ he noted.
Okorochukwu said the LGA’s chairman, counsellors and local chiefs, amongst others, confirmed the rumour to be false.
He said some deaths had occurred over a long period of time but burial rites had not been conducted for them.
“On enquiry, we discovered that the relatives were not ready with burial rites and that the deaths resulted from accidents, illnesses and old age and they did not occur in quick succession
“We advised them against delaying such burials because of current global health challenges,’’ the commissioner stated.
He warned residents against lowering their guard as the Delta variant of the disease is “a killer and we should try all we can to avoid it.”