Daily Trust

No outbreak of strange disease in Gombe - Health Commission­er

- From Haruna Gimba Yaya, Gombe & Balarabe Alkassim, Abuja

The Gombe State Commission­er of Health, Dr Habu Dahiru, has said there is no outbreak of a strange disease in Nafada Local Government Area of the state.

Dahiru while responding to a report of an outbreak of a strange disease alleged to have killed 30 children in Nafada LGA, told Daily Trust that an Emergency Response Team, composed of epidemiolo­gists and other health experts, were deployed to Nafada, to investigat­e and report back to the ministry.

“The team, on arrival, carried out an investigat­ion on the number of deaths as contained in the social media speculatio­ns and found out that only three people had died under the period as against 20 reported on the social media,” he said.

Dr Dahiru called on people of Nafada not to panic as the three deaths recorded were not as a result of any outbreak of a strange disease but normal diseases.

“Yes, there were cases of disease which turned out to be mild illness, and we have taken samples and most of them returned negative. As such, there was no outbreak of any disease in Nafada as erroneousl­y reported in the social media,” he added.

Daily Trust reports that a Facebook post written by one Mubarak Manu, who identified himself as community health scientist, last week went viral on social media platforms, where he claimed that there was an outbreak of a strange illness in Nafada LGA “which kills within 24 hours, if proper profession­al attention was not received”.

Meanwhile, the House of Representa­tives has mandated Federal Ministry of Health to tackle the spread of the strange disease that has claimed almost 30 lives in communitie­s across Nafada after a member representi­ng Dukku/Nafada Federal Constituen­cy, Abdullahi El-Rasheed, had during plenary on Tuesday moved a motion of public importance.

Presenting the motion, he said the outbreak of the disease is spreading and has already claimed the lives of children and youths in the affected communitie­s.

The lawmaker said the symptoms of the disease were severe headache; stomach pain; vomiting; smelly stool; legs and general body pain which ultimately ended in death of the persons affected.

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