“Strange pile” ailment currently ravaging various communities in Delta State, has reportedly killed 78 persons in the last one month, investigation has shown.
It was gathered that the ailment has hit 13 council areas out of the 25 council areas in the state.
The disease, sources said affects unsuspecting persons in strange and all manners of inexplicable symptoms, and its victims suffer severe pains while emitting white liquid and offensive odour from their anus.
In Asaba, Ughelli, Ibusa, Agbor, Okpanam, this “strange pile” which also had reportedly defiled medications, manifests on the body of the victims via their anus like heat rashes, and a few weeks, developed into full blown “pile”, especially during nightfall.
Although the State Ministry of Health claimed ignorance of the strange disease, but the Commissioner, Dr. Ononye Mordi, who attributed the disease to “dirty water”, had taken measures to critically examine its root cause.
At the Federal Medical Centre (FMC Asaba) where some affected persons at present frequent for treatment, many of the doctors who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity described the disease as “strange” and substance taken from the doctors, Dr. M.O Osarenkhoe who disagreed with the claims that it might have been informed by dirty water, said if the disease defiles medications, it means “strange” but not known in medicine.
Mr. Kenneth Ogwueze, a relation of one of the dead victims told our reporter, that: “we battled to save our relations, we took them to various hospitals after to no avail, we spent some huge amount of money, nowhere we did not take them, even we took them to native, yet they died with offensive odour, and white liquid”.
Further investigation revealed that many of the dead victims were mainly females between 31 years of age, and 35 years and in most cases, they suffer double tragedy within their private parts before they die.
At the fate of thousands of herbal drugs being sold in Asaba, Ibusa, Okpanam and its environs, strange diseases apart from the current “strange pile”, and at every nook and cranny, these herbal drugs sellers particularly at Ibusa-Asaba Junction, sell their products with convincing manners, and amazing low prices with mind blowing information that it cures over 20 strange diseases.
Madam Patty Molokwu, a businesswoman within Ibusa-Asaba Junction, alleged that the proliferation of herbal drugs in the state may have contributed to the strange ailments especially the “strange pile” currently in the state.
She however urged the state government to ensure the ban of the herbal drugs, insisting that the activities of the sellers in the recent times had portended increasing deaths of unsuspecting herbal drugs’ users across the state.