There is no strange illness in Edo, says govt.

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Adekunle Peter, Benin

The Edo State Government has debunked rumours of a strange disease in the state, saying that the disease that afflicted some communities in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of the State, was actually yellow fever.

The news of a strange disease was reported to have hit Igiduman, Ehor and other villages in the local government, which allegedly claimed several lives.

The State government, in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie said that following media reports of the death of two persons in the area, after exhibiting symptoms such as vomiting, high fever and stomach pain, the governor directed the State Ministry of Health to curtail the outbreak of yellow fever.

“The Governor was disturbed by the development and has directed the Commissioner for Health, Dr. David Osifo, to deploy experts in the ministry to the communities affected by the illness,” the statement said.

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According to the statement, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. David Osifo, who dismissed claims of a strange disease, said: “there is no such thing as a strange illness in Edo State.

“We have identified yellowness of the eyes and related symptoms, which led us to the conclusion that the illness is yellow fever. We are on top of the situation and will curb the spread of the disease as directed by the State Governor.

“We have deployed a team of experts to the communities and the result of the initial tests showed symptoms of yellow fever.

“They tested negative to Lassa Fever. We are doing contact tracing and sensitising people in the communities to clean up their environment.”

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