Thirty-four people have died from a strange disease and Cholera in Ondo and Ebonyi states.
Ondo Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adebanjo, disclosed yesterday that the strange disease which broke out in Ode-Irele in Irele Local Government Area had killed 14 residents while others are on danger list.
Adeyanju told journalists in Akure, the state capital that the symptoms of the strange disease include headache and loss of sight.
He said the ministry had swung into action to curb the spread of the disease, noting that the cause of the strange disease was still unknown while samples had been taken to Lagos to verify the cause of the illness.
The commissioner further said that four people affected by the disease had been quarantined in a special ward in the General Hospital in Ode-Irele.
According to him, the disease was not related to the dreaded Ebola Virus and allayed the fears of the people on the spread of the disease.
He said the ministry has not established whether the disease is contagious but hinted that the ministry had drafted its personnel to the council while some Personal Protective Equipment have been taken to the area.
Adeyanju explained that the disease usually affects the central nervous system while the ‎persons infected often lose their sights and die few hours after going blind.
He said local and international health institutions such as World Health Organisation and the Red Cross was on ground to investigate the cause and treatment of the ailment.
In Ebonyi State, the death toll from the outbreak of Cholera in seven local government areas within two months had risen to 20.
Ten undergraduates of the Ebonyi State University were infected by the disease after eating African salad (Abacha) in the school canteen from which one of them died.
The affected councils are Abakaliki, Izzi, Ebonyi, Ishielu, Ezza North, Ohaukwu and Ohaozara.
The State Director of Public Health and Disease Control, Dr. Christian Achi, noted that the Cholera outbreak mostly spread in public places such as churches and schools.
He disclosed that 15 students of Girl’s High School, Azuiyiokwu were saved through prompt medical intervention after they were infected by the disease.
Other public places the outbreak was recorded are 12 Apostle College, Annunciation Schools and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Kpirikpiri and Abakaliki.
Achi, who was former Commissioner for Health in the state, further explained that those who died resorted to self-medication and died as a result of renal breakdown before they were taken to the hospitals for treatment.

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