Strange disease hits Benue community, kills 17, others hospitalised

Strange disease hits Benue community, kills 17, others hospitalised

- Okpeilo-Otukpa community in Benue state has been hit by a strange disease

- The disease has reportedly claimed the lives of 17 residents within days while some other infected persons are receiving treatment

- The state government has confirmed the development, noting that efforts to investigate the disease have started

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At least 17 persons were reported to have died of a strange disease in Okpeilo-Otukpa community, Ogbadibo local government area of Benue state.

A statement issued on Tuesday, November 10, indicates that by the state's commissioner for health and human service, Dr Emmanuel Ikwulono, confirmed the deaths, ThisDay reports.

17 peopled dead as strange disease hits Benue community
The governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom. Photo credit: @MobilePunch
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He added that others who have also contracted the disease are receiving treatment in different hospitals.

The commissioner said that the government was aware of the outbreak and has facilitated an investigation to establish the cause of the disease.

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Ikwulono added that Governor Samuel Ortom has approved funds to carry out relevant investigations.

The commissioner advised the people of Ogbadibo community and its environs to maintain good hygiene practices.

The Guardian newspaper also confirmed the development, reporting that its correspondent who visited the community was informed by the residents that the strange ailment began last week, killing 17 persons within days.

May Nigerians on social media have reacted to the development on social media.

Davor Ortiz said:

"They should try and find what’s causing it and treat it immediately before it kills them all and spread to other states."

Matthew Shigbaja commented:

"Why always my Benue? I pray for God's intervention and healings"

Amalachukwu Amalaki GlowSkin said:

"Honestly I believe this disease is caused by chemicallsed food. dirty water, air pollution, hardship, hunger and frustration you better believe that."

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Benue health commissioner dies

In a surprising twist of event, Dr Ikwulono, the Benue state commissioner for health who issued the statement regarding the strange illness, is dead.

The commissioner died following complications from surgery. His death was confirmed by a source in the government house.

Though his family is yet to make an official statement, the source went on to note that the commissioner was hospitalised at an undisclosed hospital.

In another report, a new study has revealed that many COVID-19 survivors are likely to be at greater risk of developing mental illness.

This was predicted by psychiatrists on Monday, November 9 after a large study found that 20% of those infected with the coronavirus are diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder within 90 days.

Anxiety, depression, and insomnia were most common among recovered COVID-19 patients in the study who developed mental health problems.

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