Strange illness hits Fulani community in Kwara, kills 70

Oro-Ago community in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State has been thrown into panic after a strange illness has reported killed not less than 70 people within 2 weeks.

The illness is said to kill its victims within first 3 days of showing symptoms, and those predominantly affected are the Fulanis sub-community.

According to the Punch, those infected by the illness usually vomits blood and a black substance before dying.

According to the President of Oro-Ago Development Union, Olaniyi Olushosa, the matter has been reported to the Ministry of health in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

“It is worrisome that the Oro-Ago General Hospital had been abandoned and left dilapidated. No health workers, nothing; right now, our community lacks health centres.

Olushosa called on the Kwara State government as well as other relevant bodies, to visit the community and stop the harvest of death.

He said, “Death toll has reached about 70 in two weeks. Those affected are mostly the Fulani people. The matter has been reported to the Ministry of Health.

The Oloro of Oro-Ago, Oba Tafa Dada who confirmed the outbreak of disease said he sent Olushosa to report the sad development to the Ministry of Health in Ilorin.

He said, “It is true that a strange illness has hit some members of Oro-Ago.

“The affected people vomited blood and some black substances. That is the report that I got. I was also told that many people have died, that was why I sent the ODU president to the ministry of health.”

A resident, Taiwo, told the Punch that the strange illness started on July 23. He claimed that no fewer than 120 people had died. He said about five persons died on Thursday on the way to the General Hospital, Omu-Oran.

He explained that 74 people died in Michede, in Oro-Ago, between July 23 and Thursday. He added that 36 people died at Gaa Wakil along Oreke Road, Oro-Ago, between Sunday, August 6 and Thursday.

According to him, 14 people died at Orisa via Ahun in Oro. He also said that four people died on Wednesday, while five died on Thursday.

He said, “Since July 23, we have been experiencing a strange disease around the Oro-Ago area. About 120 people have died.

“The symptoms are usually intermittent headaches and serious stomach pain. If it starts, between one hour and one hour thirty minutes, they would start vomiting blood. Those who were unable to vomit blood will die within six hours. But those who vomited blood would stay for about three days before they die.

“We have called the attention of the state Ministry of Health. We have not seen anybody.”

Stephen also said many people had died in the community.

However, the Kwara State Commissioner for Health, Suliaman Aloge, said there was no outbreak of a strange illness in the area.

He said people were making up the claim because they want a functional health centre in the area.

“The Public Health Department, through the Epidemiological Unit, has investigated and such a thing is not recorded. There is no outbreak of any strange illness in Oro-Ago. Why some people raised the alarm is that the worker at the health centre in Oro-Ago was transferred and has not been replaced. I have directed relevant units to move another nurse to the health centre.

“I was informed that only one woman died on Tuesday. She died of a confirmed case of cancer. There is nothing like an outbreak of illness in that community.”

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