12 killed, many hospitalized as strange disease hits Gombe

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The Chessi community in Kulani District, Balanga Local Government Area of Gombe State, is grappling with an outbreak of an unidentified disease that has tragically claimed 12 lives and left over 50 residents hospitalized.


Doctors Israel James and Yakubu Maina confirmed to the press that the disease is not cholera, although they are currently investigating further. Blood and water samples have been taken to determine the exact nature of the illness.

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Symptoms reported among the affected residents include severe headaches, high fever, jaundice, and stomach pain. At present, more than 30 patients remain bedridden.


In response to the crisis, the community has been advised by health authorities to promptly report any suspicious symptoms to the health centre established at Chessi Primary School.



In a proactive move, Alhaji Musa Buba, the representative of Balanga North Constituency in the Gombe State House of Assembly, has donated drugs and medical supplies worth over 1.5 million naira to support the affected community members.


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His swift action followed the outbreak report, and he expressed gratitude to Governor Inuwa Yahaya for dispatching a delegation from the Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to assess the situation.


Residents who received treatment and support expressed their appreciation, citing the importance of timely intervention in providing essential drugs and consumables. Among those interviewed were Habiba Salisu, Aisha Mohammed, and Mohammed Sulaiman, all of whom conveyed their gratitude to Hon. Musa Buba for his assistance during this challenging time.


The situation in Chessi community remains under close observation as health officials work to identify and contain the outbreak swiftly

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