Strange illness hits Benue as Ortom shuts down secondary school

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has ordered the closure of a secondary school, Vaatia College, in Makurdi, the capital of the state, following the outbreak of a strange disease.

Nigerian Tribune reports that following the shutdown, the school authority had sent a notice to parents and guardians, on Sunday, February 14, to pick up their children and wards.

It was gathered that five students of the school were reported to have been hit with the strange illness and hospitalized at teaching hospital and Madonna hospital all in Makurdi.

Strange illness hits Benue as Ortom shuts down secondary school
The Benue government has shut down secondary school in Makrudi over a strange illness. Credit: @GovSamuelOrtom

The newspaper that visited the school on Monday, February 15, said some parents and guardians were seen picking up their children and wards.

The commissioner described the strange illness as ‘Orepa syndrome” saying that that the students experienced paresis.

He said five students of the school were hit adding that the school was shut to avoid any possible spread.

Ngbea said:

“Five students were affected, three at the Teaching Hospital and one of them is doing well while two others are at Madonna hospital (a private hospital). You know that Nigeria is in the process of certification of polio-free, now, we saw that some students were having paresis. (not completely paralysis). They are actually doing well.
“Since there is no paralysis, polio is completely ruled out. So it is called Orepa syndrome, we are trying to look at that, they are being treated, for now, there is no diagnosis at the teaching hospital.”

“It is autoimmune. That is why we shut down the school, the biology of the virus, we want to look into it, it is contagious, that is why we asked them to close down the school. Benue govt shuts down secondary school over strange illness.”

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