The Chairman of Jema’a Local Government Area in Kaduna State, Mr. Yunana Barde, has issued a reassuring message following the outbreak of an unidentified disease in Kafanchan on Wednesday night. Speaking at the General Hospital in Kafanchan, Barde urged the public not to panic and assured them that efforts are underway to contain the further spread of the disease.
Commending the General Hospital for its prompt response, Barde mentioned that a temporary isolation center has been established to handle suspected cases. The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Isaac Nathaniel, provided updates on the situation, stating that ten suspected victims are currently under observation. Samples have been collected for investigation, and resuscitative measures are being taken to stabilize and treat the affected individuals.
The victims are mostly children between the ages of three and 13, displaying symptoms such as sore throat, headache, fever, difficulty in swallowing, and breathing issues. The state epidemiologist and his team are en route to Kafanchan from Kaduna to assess the outbreak’s epidemiologic basis and its potential spread.
Regarding alleged deaths related to the disease, Nathaniel clarified that none of the reported deceased individuals have been brought to the hospital’s mortuary, and it remains unverified at this time. As a precautionary measure, many primary and secondary schools in Kafanchan have been temporarily closed until medical investigations are completed.
The situation is being closely monitored, and residents are urged to stay vigilant as measures are implemented to prevent any further spread of the disease.