NASS Raises Alarm over Strange Epidemic in Benue State


The National Assembly on Wednesday raised an alarm over the outbreak of a strange epidemic that occurred on the 29th of January in Oye-Obi Local Government Area of Benue State.

According to the senate, the unnamed disease has killed about 15 persons while infected persons have risen to a total of 104.

The Senate called on the Federal Ministry of Health to immediately mobilize focal persons to the area to investigate and ascertain the nature of the disease, which has so far claimed 15 lives.

They also urged the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to promptly put up surveillance to contain the disease, see to the treatment of victims and protect others from contracting it.

The resolutions of the Senate were sequel to the consideration of a motion brought to the floor by Senator Abba Moro of the PDP–Benue South during plenary on Thursday.

He stated that the first victims of the epidemic outbreak were: Happiness Ogbo, Onajobi Ogbedu, Wisdom Agwo, Andy Edu, all of whom died 48 hours after contracting the undiagnosed disease.

He further explained that the disease, which is yet to be diagnosed by health authorities and medical experts in Benue State, has symptoms such as headache, internal heat, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomachache, weakness of the body and swollen stomach.

The lawmaker said, “As at Monday, February 3, 2020, the number of persons affected with the strange epidemic has risen to 104”, he said.