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Delta Identifies Cause Of Over 30 ‘Strange Deaths’ In Ika Communities

The Delta State Government has finally revealed the cause of the illness which had claimed the lives of no fewer than 30 youths in the last three weeks in the Ika North-East Local Government Area of the state.

State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, said results emanating from series of laboratory tests following samples collected from some of the victims revealed that the said strange illness was yellow fever.

Over 30 persons between the ages of 18 and 25 had succumbed to disease in the last three weeks creating a sense of confusion in the area.
Mostly affect by the strange disease is Ute-Okpu, Ute-Erumu and Idumesa communities.

However, Ononye said in spite of claims by locals that over 30 persons have been killed as a result of the ravaging disease, death recorded was about 22 with seven cases being managed at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba.

The Health Commissioner disclosed that the state government had also sent samples to Reference Region Laboratory in Dakar, Senegal, for further confirmation of the cause of the deaths.

Ononye, who addressed journalists alongside the Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu and Director General of Orientation Bureau, Eugene Uzum, said the results of the samples sent to Dakar are expected in the next two weeks.

He said the state government had deplored health officials to the area to mitigate the effect of the disease.

Ononye urged residents not to panic, stressing that the state government was collaborating with health-related agencies to step up measures to contain the spread of the disease.

“Samples were collected from patients and sent to the laboratory. We have received results and the results point to yellow fever as cause of deaths we heard of in those areas.

“The result we have received is helping to move us to a more definitive action, while we still wait a final authentication from the Reference Regional Laboratory in Dakar.

“We have began immediate outbreak response activities. As we speak, we have informed Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), National Primary Healthcare Development Agency which usually collaborate with us, and that is why they have sent teams to support us.

“We are taking definite lines of action to have an effective response. We assure residents that everything is being done to ensure that it does not escalate.

“Before now, there was a planned yellow fever preventive campaign to begin November 20, we are moving it closer to enable us tackle what is before us,” he added.

On the symptoms of the disease, Dr. Ononye said yellow fever usually manifest much more bizzare symptoms than malaria.

“Some patients are with fever, body pains, headache, vomiting with or without blood. Some begin to bleed from the nose or mouth. Some of those we have just convulse and some recover very well even without coming to the hospital,” he explained.

BREAKING: Fuel tanker explodes in Delta, killing many (PHOTOS)

About 20 persons have been reportedly burnt to death when a tanker carrying petroleum product exploded around Koko Junction section of the Benin/Saepele Expressway in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State.

The incident, according to sources, occurred around 11am on Wednesday when the tanker exploded.

It was gathered that the victims were burnt beyond recognition while no fewer than 10 vehicles were gutted by fire.

“The tanker carrying petroleum product was trying to escape a bad spot when it fell and suddenly exploded between Koko Junction and Ologbo section of the Benin/Warri in Delta State.

“More than 20 persons were burnt beyond recognition. About 10 vehicles were trapped in the explosion. The victims were occupants of the burnt vehicles.

“Officials of FRSC and security agencies are already here trying to remove the corpses. Many persons were injured. It’s a terrible situation”, a source eh witnessed the incident told our correspondent.

Niger Delta Today

BREAKING: Over 155 die in 6 days in Yobe, as governor operates from Abuja

No less than 155 persons have died in Gashua and Potiskum areas of Yobe State over the last six days after exhibiting symptoms related with Coronavirus.

The deaths, which have caused panic among residents of the state, is similar to the situation experienced in Kano recently where people in large numbers died consistently for several days to what had now been confirmed by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to be the virus.

Between April 30 and May 5, 98 people died in Potiskum, a source told journalists on Wednesday.

Cemeteries are now the busiest places in these towns.

“In Gashua town, at least 57 have died. Those dying are mostly elders, yet the state Committee on COVID-19 is sleeping in Damaturu as if nothing is happening,” another source familiar with the situation, said.

Jungle Journalist Media Limited learnt that instead of addressing the challenges his state was facing, Governor Mai Mala Buni has been away in Abuja where he spends more than 80 per cent of his time since being elected into office.

Recall that Buni recently gave 14 Emirs luxury Sports Utility Vehicles worth over N600m despite the poverty rate in the state.


Concern mounts as Kano records ‘180 deaths within four days’

The recent rise in deaths in Kano has been a source of concern to residents.

A health worker, who spoke off the record, told TheCable that 180 persons have been buried in the last four days.

Although the development comes at a time when the state recorded 59 COVID-19 cases, the third highest in the country, some health workers said the deaths are not related to the disease which has claimed over 170,000 lives across the world.

One of the sources at the Murtala Muhammad Specialists Hospital Kano said most of the deaths resulted from hypertension, anaemia, diabetics, malaria and typhoid.

Another source also attributed some of the deaths to ulcers “as a result of hunger and poverty which requires urgent attention from the government and wealthy individuals.”

There has been panic in the state since the deaths went on the increase after the state recorded its first case of COVID-19.

Areas where deaths have been reported include; Zage, Kano Municipal, Tarauni, Gwale, Kurna, Dala, Chiromawa, Zango, Kofar Mata, Fagge, Kumbotso, and some local government areas outside the metropolitan like Bichi, Kunchi, Wudil, Gwarzo, and Shanono.

Adamu Umar, a cemetery guard at farm centre, said he buried over 17 people, adding that the situation is scary, as it is unusual since he began working there in the last four years.

On Tuesday, about 10 people were also said to have been buried at Dandolo.

Tijjani Hussaini, the state’s executive secretary of the primary healthcare board, said they were yet to ascertain the cause of the said deaths, but that the situation had “sent residents panicking.”

“The investigation is prompted by reports that more deaths have been recorded in the past seven days. We want to know the number of persons already dead. We also want to investigate how they died,” he said.

“It is when we have a good idea; it is when we get the outcome of the findings that we can properly draw conclusions and brief the public.”

Mustapha Hikima, the chief medical director of Nassarawa Hospital, said the areas where deaths have been recorded are densely populated which makes the number insignificant.

he said.

“We should also take the time of the occurrence of the deaths into consideration. The time happens occasionally. So it is subjective to judge when a case happens within just three days. To me, this is not a serious problem because it happens sometimes. So I appeal to people to be calm.”

The Kano government says it has activated community informants structure of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to report deaths and cause of deaths and has also deployed officers in all cemeteries to count bodies brought in for burial every day.

Some undertakers had expressed worries over the increasing rate of burials in the state.

The Cable