Authority of the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan yesterday announced full recovery of one of the five victims of Ode-Irele, Ondo state, after consumption of methanol poisoning from local gin.
The survivor, Mr. Olorunwa Jero who also spoke with journalists inside the hospital boardroom, was said to have fully recovered since weekend.
While addressing the Journalists,the hospital’s Chief Medical Director, CMD, Professor Temitope Alonge, explained that three of the five victims brought to the hospital on April 18th, 2015, have also regained their sight although not fully recovered while one has still not recovered.
Prof. Alonge emphasised that the medical and laboratory team who attended to the victims carried out series of tests on them (the victims) as well as on the samples of the three drinks believed they have consumed.
However, the CMD noted that the hospital and its team could only speak for the five victims on admission at the hospital, maintaining that their investigation and laboratory tests on them followed all due standards.
“Local gin consumption is commonplace in Nigeria and this is one of the consequences apart from damage to other organs like the liver and the kidneys. We must all be careful in satisfying our cravings for these drinks,” he said.
Professor Segun Ademowo, equally added that the tests revealed that there was heavy presence of toxicants inside victims systems, adding” between 0.1% and 12.5% of methanol were found in the samples of the drinks. We don’t know how methanol got into the drinks.”
The survivor, Mr. Olorunwa Jero who later walked around unaided before journalists and others at the press briefing, said he was a vulcaniser while he equally sells ‘provision’ to take care of his family of six.
His words” By the time I was brought here, I was blind; I could not identify my wife; I could not identify anything. I did not even know when I arrived here. But I thank God and the management and staff of UCH for bailing me out. I can see all of you here clearly; I can even identify the clothes each one of you is putting up.”

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