Kogi LGA hit by strange illness, leaves victims dead in 1 week
A strange illness has claimed over 50 lives in the Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi State. The cause of the strange illness remains unknown, Nature News gathered.
According to reports, the symptoms of the illness include headache, red eye, loss of appetite, inability to urinate or defecate, convulsion and finally death.
A similar alarm was raised last week by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Haruna, when he announced the death of two people in a Fulani and Tiv settlement in Odo Ere in Yagba West LGA.
The lawmaker representing Olamaboro Constituency in the Kogi State House of Assembly, Ujah Alewo, in a motion of urgent public importance on the floor of the House on Tuesday, said residents of Etteh community in Olamaboro LGA had been thrown into confusion by the outbreak of the epidemic, which was alien to them.
He said, “All efforts to find solutions through the local herbs, as well as treatments at local health centres, clinics and hospitals were not successful. The reports reaching my constituency office from the community leaders confirmed that over 50 people within ages 25 anf 40 years died from September to date.”
The lawmaker urged the House to call the attention of the state government to send palliatives to the affected areas.
The Speaker, Mathew Kolawole, asked for a minute’s silence for the lives lost, and said the House would write to Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, for support.