Wednesday, 12 February 2020

11 Killed As Strange Disease Hits Benue State

The Benue Government has continued to keep mute over what has been described as a “strange disease,” which has reportedly killed more than 10 persons between January 30 and now, the Punch reports.

The President-elect of the Igede National Youth Council, Mr. Andyson Egbodo, had alerted Punch to the incident on January 30, saying the problem had been ongoing before he contacted Punch HealthWise.

Just on Monday, the UK Telegraph had reported that the yet-to-be-ascertained disease had killed 15, while Egbodo said he only knew of 11 fatalities so far.

The Senator representing Benue South Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Abba Moro, last week told the Daily Post that the number of persons affected by the strange disease had risen to 104.

The disease, it was learnt, caused vomiting, swelling and diarrhoea.

In a statement made available to Punch HealthWise on Tuesday, Egbodo had expressed displeasure over the Benue government’s failure to unravel the cause of the strange illness which he said was still killing people at Oye-Obi community, in Obi Local Government Area of the state.

Egbodo alleged, “Two weeks after the state government picked two out of over 50 sick persons with the same case definition, there has been no categorical statement issued by the government with regard to the clinical investigations conducted so far.

“About six deaths have occurred in the last two weeks. Add that to the first four and note that several others are still down in pitiable inhuman condition, some in acutely insufficient private medical facility located in the area and the others helplessly in their houses waiting for death.

“All of them are manifesting same symptoms. How long will it take the government to tell us what is about to wipe out the entire settlement of Oye-Obi and the nature of the sickness, so that we can begin to mount hedges against its spread if it is contagious?”

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