Four persons have been confirmed dead as a result of a strange disease that hit Helele area of Sokoto state’s metropolis.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal who confirmed the outbreak in a statement he personally signed, said 24 others were currently receiving treatment in various hospitals across the state.
The Governor said that a committee was raised with a view to investigating the disease and finding its cure and prevention.
The statement read ” the Governor of Sokoto State, Rt. Hon Aminu Tambuwal, CFR Mutawallen Sokoto, on behalf of the government and the entire people in the state, expresses sadness and heartfelt condolences to the families and relations of our fellow citizens, who died from a sickness that has emerged in Helele Area of Sokoto Metropolis.
“It has come to the notice of the Government that the strange sickness has claimed four lives, three within the Helele Community and one while on admission in the hospital. Twenty four other people are currently receiving medical attention in different health facilities in Sokoto.
“Committee of experts”
“The State Government has meanwhile raised a committee of experts, headed by the State Commissioners of Health and of Environment, with a view to investigating the disease and finding its cure and prevention.
“In addition, the Government has taken responsibility for the treatment of the people undergoing medical attention due to the illness and wish them quick recovery and return to their families and loved ones.
“Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal while urging for calm, enjoins members of the public to observe the habits of sanitation and hyegine and be steadfast in supplications for Divine intervention in this challenging period.
“May Allah forgive those we have lost to all illnesses and other causes, heal those, who are afflicted and protect us all from ordeals, known and unknown,” it concluded.