In a single day, the as soon as serene group of Owukpa, needed to bury no less than 5 individuals who fell to an odd illness believed to be Yellow Fever.
DAILY POST had earlier reported the loss of life of 17 individuals, and with the most recent that has despatched the group into panic, the determine has now risen to 22 deaths in lower than a month. https://dailypost.ng/2020/11/17/breaking-benue-strange-illness-death-toll-rises-to-17-in-owukpa/
Lately, the Benue State Authorities despatched a group of well being specialists to the state on a fact-finding mission to find out the reason for sickness and deaths. Following the result of the investigation, an intervention group was despatched to the affected communities in Owukpa and Otukpa the place the individuals had been vaccinated towards Yellow Fever.
The group was led by a famend Epidemiologist and advisor, Prof Stephen Abah. https://dailypost.ng/2020/11/20/benue-strange-illness-ortom-sends-response-team-to-owukpa-otukpa/
However regardless of the vaccination train, extra deaths have been recorded, creating the doubt that the illness is Yellow Fever, as some group leaders consider there are forces behind the unusual illness and deaths and can’t be linked to orthodox drugs.
On Thursday, the twenty seventh of November 2020, about 3 individuals died from the unusual sickness and have been laid to relaxation. No fewer than two our bodies believed to have died from the ailment had been equally conveyed to Owukpa as at Friday afternoon.
In accordance with a group chief who pleaded to not be talked about in print, the environment in Owukpa proper now’s characterised by worry, frustration and mourning. Who will bury who proper now? It’s getting to some extent of all man to himself. We’re drained,’’ he lamented.
DAILY POST spoke to many residents of Owukpa and the temper was the identical. The individuals are actually apprehensive over who’s subsequent on the road because the illness continues to penetrate villages. No fewer than 30 persons are presently on admission throughout ill-equipped personal hospitals in Otukpa, the Ogbadibo headquarters.
Largely anxious are younger individuals as 70 to 80 p.c of the victims of the unusual illness are youths. Some well being specialists contacted have questioned why older individuals with weak immune system are spared, whereas the illness hit younger individuals with stronger immune system.
Recall that the Honourable member representing Itabono ward 1 in Ogbadibo Native Govt Space of Benue State, Hon. Patrick Ejeh, also called Pataba had earlier raised the alarm over the outbreak of the epidemic.
Owukpa group can not boast of a single hospital or well being centres. In your complete district, no single practical hospital is standing, no authorities hospital and no normal well being centres are discovered round. Avoidable deaths are widespread in Owukpa as individuals usually die of minor diseases, except they’re taken to distant Okpoga or Otukpa for therapy. This has grow to be a significant concern to well-meaning indegines of the group on how the individuals can survive this epidemic with no practical hospital for even emergency therapy.