Death toll hits 57 as unidentified disease sweeps through Enugu communities

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At least 57 have died at Ette and Umuopu communities Igbo-Eze North Local Area of Enugu following the outbreak of a strange disease the affected communities.

According to the Disease Surveillance and Notification Officer the council area, Vincent Oshomi, the cause of the strange deaths is not yet known. However, he said that the Enugu Ministry of Health has been alerted and specimen of the affected the communities collected for proper diagnosis and treatment. Oshomi also informed Thursday that the disease broke at Ette at the beginning of September 2020, and spread to the community of Umuopu, where 20 have died, including four casualties recorded yesterday.

COAS Shooters edge Delta Force 34-25 He further explained that the victims presented symptoms such as convulsion, diarrhoea before vomiting blood, adding that they are suspecting Lassa fever or cholera. He also said “Between September and now, at least 37 persons have died at Ette community. Also, Umuopu community, which shares a common with Ette have recorded 20 deaths, four of which happened yesterday. has been a strange development. “I have officially informed the Ministry of Health and investigations are currently ongoing to unravel the cause of the deaths.

We have collected samples of affected persons and we are looking for Lassa fever, cholera, yellow fever and meningitis. Coronavirus test will equally start the affected communities today. “The state’ Ministry of Health has brought an ambulance we are using to convey the sick ones to Enugu for proper diagnosis and treatment.”

Mother loses two as death rises to 30 While reacting to the development, the chairman of the local area, Ejike Itodo, who said he was top of the situation, added that he would convene a of stakeholders today (Thursday), to begin thorough enlightenment about the strange disease. While assuring the affected communities that the situation would be put under control, he said that the state’ Ministry of Health and other health workers in the council area are working assiduously to ensure that casualties will not be recorded.

According to the Relations Officer, PRO, of the local area, Comrade Mabel Ogili, a 30-year-old student of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Chinedu Oyiga, 40-year-old Emeka Elugwu Onu, and 47-year-old Simon Eze were among the 20 casualties at Umuopu community. Meanwhile, all efforts to speak with the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Emmanuel Obi, the development, proved abortive as he neither responded to phone calls nor text message put through to phone line at the time of filing this report.