Deaths in Delta State, as Government Strives to Uncover Cause
Delta State government has been unable to explain the ailment killing its citizens, as about 30 persons were confirmed dead following a mysterious disease ravaging Ute Okpu and Idumusa communities in Ika North East LGA of the state.
The state government on Saturday said 15 youths within the age bracket of 18 to 25 years old died in the two communities, and that their death may be linked to suspected hemorrhagic fever or substance abuse.
The government also gave assurances that it was doing everything possible was being done to curb the disease.
But citizens of the state have not accepted reasons given by the government as conclusive cause of the deaths, considering that victims were noticed to have vomited blood prior to their death while others complained of general fatigue, headache and feverish condition before they died.
Simon Rafael in Asaba, Delta State told Nigerian Sketch that he is particularly worred that governments in Nigeria are not “really proactive in resolving issues of this nature. I just hope Governor Okowa would all he could to first understand the cause or causes of these deaths.
There have been reported cases of deaths in another village of Ute Erunu.
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