By AbdulSalam Muhammad
KANO—No fewer than 8 persons are believed to have lost their lives to strange ailments currently ravaging Dungurawa village, Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of Kano State.
Inusa Mai’Iche told Vanguard “we have lost eight lives so far, and these include five children and three young men.”
Reports from the affected village confirmed that sudden death arising from high fever, and severe headache became noticeable a week ago in the community.
The development triggered apprehension and panic among the rural dwellers as it claims lives almost on a daily basis.
Vanguard learned that the victims of the strange ailments are aged between 13 to 25 years old, while the children are seven years below.
A resident, Malam Sulyman Musa Tafida, who lost three children told Vanguard his third child died Monday afternoon, adding that it “was shortly after losing two other children to the strange disease.”
Tafida said: “My two children Umar and Khadeeja died last Friday and Saturday while Ibrahim died today, they all had the same symptoms and died after a very short period, while Umar died at home while Khadeeja died at the hospital.”
Similarly, another parent, Haruna Abdullahi said he lost his daughter to the strange disease last Thursday after developing high fever in the morning and died in the evening as the situation degenerated.
The Ward Head of the area, Malam Dahiru who confirmed the precarious health situation, revealed that “we have informed the health department of the local government for the intervention of the state government to address the situation.”
Commenting on the situation, the spokesman, Kano Ministry of Health, Alhaji Ismaila Gwamaja said “we got the report last night, and the ministry has dispatched its surveillance team to the affected community, and we will make a definite pronouncement soon as they file their report.”
But the state government later said it has dispatched a Rapid Response Team to check the authenticity of the reported outbreak of the strange killer disease.
The state Commissioner of Health, Dr Kabiru Getso, made this known through the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry, Alhaji Isma’il Gwammaja in Kano.
He said the story of the outbreak of the strange disease was reported through the media and that prompted the Commissioner to direct the rapid response team to swing into action with a view to ascertaining the veracity of the report.
Getso, however, revealed that as soon as the ministry received detail on the findings of the team, it would be made known to members of the public.