*Says epidemic has claimed 15 lives
Nigeria’s Senate has on Thursday raised the alarm over the outbreak of a strange epidemic in the Oye-Obi Local Government Area of Benue State which kills instantly and according to the apex legislative body has so far claimed 15 lives.
The senate, called on the Federal Ministry of Health to immediately take urgent and decisive measure to stem the tide before it becomes another national calamity.
The Senate equally called on the Centre for Disease Control to promptly put up surveillance to contain the disease, see to the treatment of victims and protect others from contracting it.
The Senate reached the resolutions following the consideration of a motion brought to the floor by Senator Abba Moro (PDP – Benue South) during plenary on Thursday.
According to him, the first set of victims of the epidemic outbreak are Happiness Ogbo, Onajobi Ogbedu, Wisdom Agwo, Andy Edu, all of whom died 48 hours after contacting the undiagnosed disease.
He added 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, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach ache, weakness of the body and swollen stomach.
“As of Monday, February 3, 2020, the number of persons affected with the strange epidemic has risen to 104,” Senator Moro lamented.