Strange Disease kills over 50 in Kogi LGA bordering Enugu

Over 50 persons have reportedly died of a ‘strange illness’ in Olamaboro Local Government of Kogi State

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Strange Disease kills over 50 in Kogi LGA bordering Enugu

Over 50 persons have reportedly died of a ‘strange illness’ in Olamaboro Local Government of Kogi State, bordering Enugu State, Fresh Angle International has learnt.


Our Kogi State Correspondent reliably gathered that the disease, comes with symptoms such as headache, red eye, loss of appetite, inability to urinate or defecate, convulsion and finally death.


The lawmaker representing Olamaboro Constituency in the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Ujah Anthony Alewo, who made the disclosure in a motion of urgent public importance presented at the Floor of the House earlier today, Tuesday November 17, said it was sad and quite disturbing that the residents of Etteh Community in Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi State, were thrown into confusion by the outbreak of an epidemic alien to them.


Although the lawmaker maintained that the cause(s) of the disease was still unknown, he noted that infected patients die within one week of contracting the disease.


According to him, all efforts to find solutions by using the local herbs and treatment at local health centres, with referrals to neighboring clinics and hospitals at Ogugu and Okpo in Olamaboro, was not successful.


"The reports reaching my Constituency Office from the community leaders, confirmed that over 50 people within the economic and productive age of 25 to 40 years died from September to date.


"Thereby stalling Agricultural, social and economic activities, which directly affect the food security of the Agrarian and artisan Etteh people", he stated.


He prayed that the House to mandate its Committee on Health and Social Services for an on-the-spot assessment.


The lawmaker, urged the House do write a strongly worded resolution, mandating the State Commissioner for Health, to direct medical experts to the affected area to unravel the cause(s) of the epidemic and treat accordingly.


Alewo in his prayers, urged the House to do a passionate appeal to the State Government to send palliatives to the affected areas, to cushion the huge loss incurred by Etteh Community.


Seconding the motion, the lawmaker representing Dekina Biraidu, Moses Ododo, stressed that, the lives of people in the community need to be urgently saved as it will adversely affect the economic input of the Agrarian community.


The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Ahmed Mohammed, in his submissions, hinted that the Community shares boundary with Enugu State and as such there was need for urgent action to avert further loss of lives.

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Odimayo Olatunde Frederick
graduate of Mass Communication and Kogi State Correspondent of Fresh Angle International Newspaper
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