- The leader of the team, who pleaded anonymity, described the situation as worrisome as all the deceased were in no way related.
No fewer than seven persons have been confirmed dead, while eight others are in critical condition after a yet to be confirmed illness hit the New Artisan Market, Enugu on Friday.
The Chairman of the Livestock Market, Danladi Abubarkar who made this known in an interview with newsmen said residents woke up to discover the dead bodies which included four men and three women.
He said all the affected persons including tricycle riders, artisans, and others from different households were stooling and vomiting.
“The corpses are still in their rooms as we speak. We shall soon proceed to the cemetery to bury the Muslims among them while the Christians will be taken by their relations,” he said.
A source who visited the market reports that officials of the Enugu State Ministry of Health were already on ground to investigate the cause of the deaths.
The health officials came with the emergency operations Hilux van of the ministry.
The leader of the team, who pleaded anonymity, described the situation as worrisome as all the deceased were in no way related.
The source said that there could be a possible outbreak of epidemic in the area, adding that medical doctors at the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital (ESUTH) Park Lane, had been alerted.
The source directed those other persons that were in critical condition be immediately rushed to the said hospital.
When contacted, Executive Secretary, Enugu State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr George Ugwu, said that it was premature to speak on the matter as no one was sure on the cause of the deaths.
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