No fewer than 50 children have died of a strange killer disease while 40 others, aged between 12 months and five years, are now receiving treatment in Gidan Dugus village in Wangara district of Dutse local government of Jigawa state.
Further investigation revealed that the children under the age of five are dying on daily basis as a result of high fever, stomach ache, vomiting, diarrhea and haemorrage.
According to reports, the disease has been ravaging the community for the past three months, as Gidan Dugus villagers wear grim faces as a result of the grisly disease.
“As parents of the deceased children mourn the death of their beloved ones, those whose children are affected are living in fear of losing their loved ones too,” one of the parents, Haladu Usman, who lost about 7 children to the strange killer disease told reporters.
Usman said, “Within fourteen days, I lost seven of my children, three males and four females. The children were aged three-two-one. Infants are dying one after the other. I lost three in a day.”
Another parent, Salisu Abdullahi, said he lost four of his children in one week, despite several efforts made in securing medication from nearby clinics for his children, saying the illness persisted and resulted in their death.
When contacted the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Ali Garba Dandidi, also confirmed the outbreak of the disease, saying that the state government has already controlled the situation through a quick response to the epidemic.
Dandidi explained that, “39 children below seven years reportedly died, 31 children hospitalised as contained in a record available to us. According to our investigation, the problem started sometime in July, the community refused to go to public health centre but patronised chemists and other medical vendors in their village.”