Strange disease kills 50 in Kogi; local herbs, treatment fail

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The Kogi House of Assembly has approached State and Federal Ministries of Health to unwind the reason for the odd sickness which has executed 50 people in Olamaboro Local Government Area of the state.

The House settled on the decision at Tuesday’s entire sitting in Lokoja following the selection of a movement on Urgent Public Importance, raised by Anthony Ujah (APC-Olamaboro), over the weird sickness that has guaranteed more than 50 lives.

As per the administrator, the obscure illness accompanies indications, for example, migraine, red eyes, loss of hunger, powerlessness to pee or poop, spasm, and demise.

Ujah said that the inhabitants of Etteh Community in the neighborhood government zone have been tossed into disarray by the flare-up of the outsider infection.

He maintained that the cause or nature of the disease is still unknown, adding that infected persons die within one week of contracting the disease.

More worrisome, according to him, is that all efforts to get solutions using local herbs and treatment at primary health centers with referrals to clinics and hospitals in neighboring Ogugu and Okpo have been unsuccessful.

“The reports reaching my constituency office from the community leaders confirmed that over 50 people between the age of 25 and 40 years have died since September,” he said.

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He said that urgent steps need to be taken to save their lives as the disease can adversely affect the economic input of the agrarian community.

Supporting the motion, Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Mohammed, submitted that the community shares boundary with Enugu State and efforts should be made to urgently avert further loss of lives.

Mohammed prayed that the State Government should establish a Hospital in Etteh Community to prevent or tackle the future occurrence of such epidemic and other health challenges.

The Speaker of the House, Prince Mathew Kolawole, later asked for a minute silence in honor of the deceased.

He directed that a letter be sent to the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, for immediate support and assistance.

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