Strange Ailment Kills Over 70 In Benue

Senator Abba Moro, representing Benue South says a strange ailment suspected to be yellow fever, has reportedly killed over 70 people in Epello-Otukpa and Itabono-Owukpa communities in Ogbadigbo Local Government Area of Benue State.

Briefing newsmen in Abuja over the outbreak of the strange ailment, Senator Moro, said over 30 people died in Epello-Otukpa and another 26 in Itabono-Owukpa last weekend while more deaths are being recorded almost on daily basis.

The lawmaker who had earlier sponsored a motion on the urgent need to deal with the situation during plenary, regretted that the Local Government youth leader was part of the people who lost their lives to the ailment.

Senator Moro who noted in his motion that “the strange ailment had not yet been effectively diagnosed by health authorities however said that the State Ministry of Health and Human Services had been able to intervene to some extent having collected samples and sent to the National Reference Laboratory for possible interim treatment.”

According to him, the affected people live in the rural areas and are dying on daily basis in their numbers, lamenting that the “death toll increases hourly and the disease spreading to Ichama in Okpokwu where three deaths have been recorded.”

In his contribution on the motion Senator Aliyu Abdullahi representing Niger North stressed the need for the Government to investigate the strange ailment with a view to knowing its causes and proffering solution to it.

The Senate, accordingly urged the Federal Ministry of Health, FMOH; National Arbovirus and Vector Research Centre, NAVRC, to investigate each case and respond to the outbreak.

It also urged the Federal Ministry of Health to mobilise focal persons to the area to quickly complement the efforts of the Benue State Government to ascertain the nature of the ailment.

Similarly, it advised the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, to promptly put up surveillance to contain the disease and see to the treatment of victims and protect others from further contacting it.

The Upper legislative chamber also urged the Federal Ministry of Health to immediately activate and set up a multi-agency yellow fever emergency operatives centre in Benue South, should the result is positive for yellow fever to conduct mass vaccination and awareness campaigns in the district…..from James Itodo….

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