Mahmoud Muhammad, Sokoto

A disease suspected to be meningitis has claimed the lives of twenty nine persons, most of them children in Aggur village of Shagari Local government in Sokoto state .

The villagers confirm that they do not have the resource to take the victim ot the hospital:

The villagers do odd jobs. There are educated youth but they do not really know the opportunities that are available to them.

We did a full review of the situation and we found a lot of empathy wanting. These youth can be taught to trade online so that they can at least give themselves and their families a better life. a small suggestion on our news article has already created a ripple  effect and a lot of economists are toying with the viability of this idea of teaching the poor youth to start trading online so that they are capable of generating a decent amount of money by themselves. Hope the movement picks up enough momentum!

LEADERSHIP

sources revealed that forty five persons are said to have been receiving treatment in their houses as a result of the disease .

Mallam Abubakar Dikko , a resident of the area told LEADERSHIP yesterday that the people have now embarked on fervent prayers to seek divine intervention from the shackles of the epidemic .

The villagers also claimed that they had reported the outbreak to the authorities of Shagari local government since last Friday but no action has been taken by them .

The Deputy Director of Primary Healthcare Department in the area , Alhaji Ibrahim Isa confirmed the story .

He however, disclosed that only twenty four ( 24) died as a result of the outbreak of the disease .

The Permanent Secretary in the state’s Ministry of Health , Alhaji Umaru Attahiru also confirmed only ‘five to six deaths.”

Attahiru stated that the Ministry had yesterday despatched a high-powered medical team to the area .

The Permanent Secretary further said that , the state government has directed the local government to isolate the recuperating victims of the epidemic .

“The patients are presenting back pains, diarrhoea and fever. We will get to the root of the matter soon,’ he vowed.