By James Azania, Lokoja
Over 50 people have reportedly lost their lives to a strange illness in Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi State.
The disease has symptoms of headache, red eyes, loss of appetite, inability to urinate, convulsion and others.
The lawmaker representing Olamaboro Constituency in the House of Assembly, Ujah Anthony Alewo, disclosed this in a motion of urgent public importance presented yesterday.
He said it was sad and disturbing that the residents of Etteh community in Olamaboro Local Government were thrown into confusion by the outbreak of the epidemic alien to them.
Alewo added that the cause of the disease remained unknown, and that infected persons died within a week of contracting it.
He said: “Efforts to seek solution using local herbs and treatment at local health centres with referrals to neighbouring clinics and hospitals at Ogugu and Okpo in Olamaboro were not successful.
“Reports reaching my constituency office from the community leaders confirmed that over 50 people within the productive age of 25 to 40 years have died from September to date.”
The legislator urged the Assembly to mandate its Committee on Health and Social Services for an on-the-spot assessment of loss of lives.
The lawmaker representing Dekina Biraidu, Moses Ododo, seconded the motion, stressing that the lives of people in the community need to be saved.
Deputy Speaker Ahmed Mohammed noted that the community shared boundary with Enugu State.
He called for urgent action to avert further loss of lives.
Speaker Prince Mathew Kolawole called for a minute silence in memory of the dead and directed that the House should write to the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja for support.