At least 50 children have died of ”a strange disease” within two months in Gidan Dugus in Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa State, the Village Head announced on Monday.
They were within the age of one and five years, it was learnt.
Gidan Dugus is barely 35 kilometres from Jigawa State capital Dutse in Northwest Nigeria.
Village Head Malam Bashari Galadima Gidan Gudu told the Nation that ”the problem started about two months ago, but the situation got worse in the last few weeks.
“The children will start with serious fever, than develop stomach swelling and within a little time they will give up.
“There are families that lost seven, four and three children to the disease and at a time, we buried between four and two kids daily during the worse period.”
According to the village head, the children were treated at Wangara Health Clinic and some referred to Dutse General Hospital and to Kano, the neighbouring state, where some of them are still on admission.
Mr. Ali Dandidi, a permanent secretary in the state ministry of health confirmed it and said: “ We learnt the problem started sometime in July. The community members refused to go to the public health centre. They relied on and patronised chemists and other medical vendors all the while
“Nobody reported to the ministry (of health) until on October 27. The ministry sent a medical team there. The team took samples of the patients to the laboratory and we controlled the situation within a few days.
After laboratory tests of the samples, it was confirmed as malaria and typhoid. We supplied the drugs for treatment and the situation was brought under control.”