Benue State Battles Strange Illness As 17 Persons Reportedly Killed

Moses Ofodeme

A strange disease has attacked a community in Benue State where of 17 people have reportedly died.

Following the recent incident in Okpeilo-Otukpa community of Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue state; the government has been called upon to intervene.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Andrew Amee, in  a statement on behalf of the Commissioner for Health Dr Emmanuel Ikwulono, said symptoms of the illness usually include fever; abdominal pain; as well as general body weakness; while some stool and also vomit with tinges of blood.

The Commissioner noted that the state government is aware of the outbreak; and had also responded swiftly to facilitate an investigation to establish the cause of the illness.

The statement said, “We have received a report of an unknown illness in a community called Okpeilo-Otukpa in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State.

At the time of the receipt of the report yesterday, 9th November 2020; about 17 persons were already said to have died of the illness.

We currently have one case which was brought to Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi by a relative of the patient. Others are receiving treatment in different hospitals.

Symptoms of the illness usually include fever, abdominal pain; and general body weakness, while some stool and vomit with tinges of blood.

The State Government is aware of the outbreak; and has also responded swiftly to facilitate investigation to establish the cause of the illness. His Excellency, Governor Samuel Ortom has likewise approved funds to enable the State Ministry of Health and Human Services to carry out the investigation.

In the meantime, we advise the people of Ogbadibo and its environs to maintain good hygiene practices and report anyone with the said symptoms to the Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers in the local government area, or call the Benue Emergency Operations Centre on the following toll-free telephone numbers:

09010999920, 09010999919, Whatapp, SMS 08123135458.

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