The Kogi House of Assembly has asked state and federal health ministries to unravel the cause of the strange disease that has killed 50 people in the Olamaboro local government area of the state.
The House made the call in plenary session Tuesday in Lokoja following the adoption of a motion on Urgent Public Importance, raised by Anthony Ujah (APC-Olamaboro), on the strange disease that has claimed more than 50 lives.
According to the legislator, the unknown disease presents with symptoms such as headache, red eyes, loss of appetite, inability to urinate or defecate, seizures and death.
Ujah said residents of the Etteh community in the local government area were confused by the outbreak of the alien disease.
He maintained that the cause or nature of the disease is still unknown, adding that infected people die within a week of contracting the disease.
More worrying, according to him, is that all efforts to obtain a solution using local herbs and treatment in primary health centers with referrals to clinics and hospitals in neighboring Ogugu and Okpo have not been successful.
“Reports reaching my constituency office of community leaders confirmed that more than 50 people between the ages of 25 and 40 have died since September,” he said.
Supporting the motion, Edoko Moses Ododo (APC-Dekina / Biraidu) said that people in the community now live in fear.
He said that urgent measures must be taken to save their lives, since the disease can negatively affect the economic contribution of the agrarian community.
Supporting the motion, Vice President Ahmed Mohammed stated that the community shares borders with the state of Enugu and that efforts must be made to urgently prevent further loss of life.
Mohammed prayed that the state government would establish a hospital in the Etteh community to prevent or address the future onset of such an epidemic and other health problems.
The Speaker of the House, Prince Mathew Kolawole, later asked for a minute of silence in honor of the deceased.
He ordered that a letter be sent to the Federal Medical Center, Lokoja, for immediate support and assistance.