By Festus Fifen.
In response to the outbreak of a strange disease which has claimed several children in Jigawa State, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Heath, Prof. Isaac Adewole to investigate reports of an ‘unknown disease’ for immediate steps to curb further death.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu, The President also directed the Minister to deploy all the necessary machinery to combat the outbreak of the disease reported in Gidan Dugus village of Wangara district, Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa State.
According to the statement, President Buhari, in a telephone call to Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State to find out the details of the incident, commiserated with the governor and the families of the victims.
He assured the governor that the Federal Government will provide the necessary support to contain the spread of the disease.
In a report by Daily Post, The disease was reportedly first noticed in July but the community did not report it to the appropriate authorities until October 28.
Daily post gathered that the people preferred self medicate to proper treatment in an hospital.
According to daily post, One of the parents, Haladu Usman, who lost seven children told newsmen that, “Within 14 days, I lost seven of my children, 3 boys and 4 girls. The children died one after the other.”
Another parent, Salisu Abdullahi said he lost four of his children in one week, despite several efforts in securing medication from nearby clinics.
In his words, “I was dead scared by this unknown sickness which consumed the lives of our innocent children. We have intensified our daily prayers for Allah to protect this community.”
Ward head of Gidan Dugus, Mallam Umar Dahiru, said the community lived in fear and agony over a disease illness, which he described as a catastrophe.