No fewer than 10 children between the ages of three to 13 years were reportedly hospitalised following the outbreak of a strange ailment in Kafanchan, in the Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
It was learnt that the development has forced many primary and secondary schools to shut down pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation.
Chairman of the Local Government, Yunana Barde, who confirmed the outbreak while speaking with journalists at the Kafanchan General Hospital on Thursday, said the strange disease broke out on Wednesday night.
He, however, urged residents not to panic as efforts were being made to contain the disease and commended the General Hospital management for providing a temporal isolation centre for suspected cases of the strange ailment.
Meanwhile, the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Isaac Nathaniel, said resuscitative measures were being carried out on 10 suspected victims on admission.
He revealed that samples taken from the patients have been sent for since been sent for investigation.
He said, “Last night I was notified of the outbreak of what looks like a respiratory tract infection at Ward B community in Kafanchan. I quickly dispatched a team of medical and laboratory personnel who got in touch with three of the suspected cases.
“We counselled them to come to the hospital for proper evaluation and treatment after seven more victims were brought in today. We are doing all we can to stabilise them and give them treatment while we carry out an investigation.”
According to him, the suspected victims whose ages are between three and 13, displayed symptoms ranging from sore throat, headache, fever, and difficulty in swallowing and breathing amongst others.
He added that the state epidemiologist and his team were on their way to Kafanchan from Kaduna, to ascertain the epidemiologic basis of the outbreak and its spread.
He debunked the news making the rounds that about 10 people had died, noting that none of the purported dead bodies was brought to the hospital’s mortuary.
“We were notified of some deaths last night but none of the so-called dead bodies have been brought to us. So, it’s all hearsay for now,” he added.
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