We perish because we know not… #TLENews
The ancient Ikale community in Irele local government area of Ondo state has been hit by a mysterious disease, killing at least 14 people. Reports revealed that the disease has been ravaging the community over the last 10 days. The existence of the killer disease in the community has been confirmed by the state commissioner for health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju. According to Mr. Taiwo Erukusi, an indigene of the community, residents of the community are now in confusion as a majority of the people are scared of touching the deceased to avoid being infected.
According to him, the cause of the strange disease was still unknown but said samples had been taken to Lagos to verify the cause of the strange illness. Adeyanju said about four other people affected by the disease in the town have been quarantined in a special ward within the General Hospital, Ode Irele. However, the commissioner specifically confirmed that the disease was not related to the dreaded Ebola virus and allayed the fear of the citizenry on the spread of the disease.
He said the ministry has not verified whether the disease is contagious but said the ministry has been working round the clock. The Commissioner said some personnel have been drafted to the local government area while some Personal Protective Equipments have been taken to the area. Adeyanju said; “The presentation of the disease is bizarre and this was one of the reasons why the ministry is working round the clock to prevent the outbreak and I am assuring that we will get to the roots within the next 24 or 48 hours.” He explained that the disease usually affects the Central Nervous System while the person infected by the disease usually lose their sights and die few hours after losing the sight.
Adeyanju said local and international health institutions such as World Health Organisation, Red Cross, are already on ground carrying out investigations on the root cause and treatment of the ailment and called on the people of the area to report any case of sudden death or illness to the officials of the ministry in the area. He however advised the people of the area not to bury the remains of the affected victims within residential areas since the cause of the outbreak remains a mystery and to curb against the spread.
The Commissioner warned the people against sensationalizing issues to avoid creating tension among the people particularly on the social media urging the people to rely on the information from the official sources to avoid creating panic among the people. A competent source in the community hinted that the death has spiritual undertone stressing that those afflicted by the disease have gone against the spirit of the land which the commissioner however disproved scientifically.
Correspondents are reporting that the said ailment is more deadly than the Ebola virus and first blinds the victim while also drawing out their tongue.
“We are worried. Our people are dying. We don’t know this sickness. We are just done with elections and it’s now this disease. Have we offended God? If we have, then we are seek forgiveness. God should forgive us. We can’t touch those who have been killed. I have counted about 19, others said 14. God please, have mercy on us”. One of the residents, Mrs. Mary Omogbehinla pleaded.
However, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju said the disease was a strange ailment, and the symptom include headache and loss of weight. He informed that local and international health institutions were already carrying out an investigation on the possible cause of the ailment and its treatment. Adeyanju urged residents to not be scared, saying the state government was in control of the situation.