The Igede National Youths Council has raised alarm over allege strange sickness be ravaging Oye Obi in the Obi Local Government Area of Benue State.
The group in a ‘Save our Souls’ letter called on the Benue State Government to, as a matter of urgency, do all within its powers to arrest the situation saying that four people whose names were given as Happiness Ogbu, Onah Ogbedu, Andy Edu and Wisdom Agwo had died from same sickness in the past two weeks.
the president-elect of the association, Andyson Egbodo, in the letter revealed that the victims developed the same symptoms of headache, vomiting, internal heat, stomach ache, weakness of the body and swollen stomach.
“Our investigation reveals that about six more persons as at Wednesday, 29 January, 2020 are already down developing the same symptoms, some of them have already been moved to the General Hospital, Oju.
The group called on members of the state assembly, National Assembly, government appointees of Igede extraction in the state or federal governments to help in arresting the ugly development.
the Benue state Commissioner for Health, Dr Sunday Ongbabo, who confirmed the strange sickness in the community said that the ministry had sent focal persons to the affected area to investigate the situation and ascertain the nature of the endemic.
He said “We have declared state of emergency on those kind of strange diseases in the state, put surveillance tracking down all the diseases and see how we can treat them.
“We are also in touch with the National Disease Control Centre in Abuja and the World Health Organisation to come to our aid so that we can identify the disease and enable us to protect others.
“We are just suspecting what is happening there because we have not actually tested the people to know the actual thing that is killing them.
“We are trying to curtail it, avoid its spreading.