The Senate on Wednesday urged the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Arbovirus and Vectors Research Centre (NAVRC) to investigate the outbreak of an unidentified ailment in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue.
It also called on the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to promptly put up surveillance to contain the disease and see to the treatment of victims, while protecting others from further contracting it.
The resolutions followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by Sen. Abba Moro (PDP-Benue) during the plenary of the Senate.
The motion is tagged “Urgent need to deal with the outbreak of a strange ailment said to be Yellow Fever ravaging Okpeilo-Otukpa and Itabano-Owukpa communities in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue”.
Moving the motion, Moro said that the ailment had yet to be effectively diagnosed by health authorities.
He, however, said that the Benue State Ministry of Health and Human Services had been able to intervene to some extent, as they had collected samples and sent them to National Reference Laboratory for diagnosis.
The lawmaker said that move was to establish the kind of organism that was causing the ailment.
He, however, noted that the number of fatalities had been increasing, adding that the disease was also spreading to other communities.
The resolutions were unanimously adopted by the lawmakers after a voice vote pronounced by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan.
Meanwhile, the Benue State Government has said that no fewer than 17 lives were lost in the communities as a result of the disease in November.
Some of the symptoms of the illness reportedly include fever, abdominal pains, and general body weakness, while some sufferers stool and vomit with traces of blood.