On Wednesday, the Red Chamber asked Nigeria Government to act fast and provide special grants to the residents of Otukpa and Owukpa on the recent killing caused by a strange ailment in Benue State.

This motion was raised by Senator Abba Moro (Benue South).

There is a sickness believes to be yellow fever, which break out in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State, killing many in the last few weeks.

Senator Abba raises alarm to the Senate of the breakout of the strange disease believed to be yellow fever.

Senator Abba said, “the strange ailment has not yet been effectively diagnosed by health authorities, even though, the Benue State Ministry of Health and Human Services has been able to intervene to some extent, having collected samples and sent to National Reference Laboratory to establish the kind of organism causing the outbreak and avail victims of interim treatment”.

Abba added that, “people are affected in the rural localities and dying on a daily basis in their numbers with Epeilo-Otukpa and Owukpa communities recording 20 and 25 deaths respectively, while death toll increases hourly and the disease is spreading to Ichama in Okpokwu where three deaths have been recorded”.

The Senator noted that he had received a call from the area, that about 70 people may have gave up, saying that he had officially visited the touched area.

The Senator regretted that, despite sponsoring 3 ailments bills which is on the floor of the Senate with resolutions, the Red chamber refused to do anything to the effect of his bills, asking on relevant agencies to take this critical motion seriously and guarantee compliance.

Senator Abdullahi Sabi Aliyu (Niger North), while seconding the motion, said the attention given to COVID-19 has made it intractable for the government to notice nor give attention to other ailments and epidemics.

Since the cause of the deaths was not yet known, the Senate called on the Federal Ministry of Health, the National Arbovirus and Vector Research Centre (NAVRC), to investigate each case and respond to the outbreak.

The Senate also urged the Ministry to mobilize focal persons to the area to quickly complement the efforts of the Benue State Government to ascertain the true nature of the ailment.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry is to immediately activate and set up a multi-agency yellow fever Emergency Operatives Centres (EOC) in Benue south and if the result comes out positive for yellow fever, to conduct mass vaccination and awareness campaigns in the area.

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