“Strange disease” kills 50 children in Jigawa community

About 50 children have died of a strange disease in Gidan Dugus, Wangara District of Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa State, community members say.

It was gathered that the disease was first noticed in July but it was not reported until October 28. People reportedly engaged in self medication.

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.

He said: “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.

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