Barely two days after a partial solar eclipse was witnessed in Benue State, a strange disease has hit the state.


The residents of Benue State had, on Sunday, observed the much awaited partial solar eclipse predicted to occur in the afternoon across the nation by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).

However, it was observed that since after the incident, there has been reports of cases of strange diseases by people of the state who assumed the disease was caused by the sudden change of weather.


The strange disease affected mostly pregnant women and children who are infected with catarrh and skin rashes. It was observed that most hospitals in Makurdi, the state capital and other towns of the state were jam-packed with patients who rushed to the healthcare centres to seek urgent medical attention.

A housewife, Mrs Ochanya Oche, who was met with her one-year-old baby, at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), said, “My child has been infected with serious catarrh and has instant rashes on the skin which our neighbours’ children also complained about. We came here to seek medication because the strange disease started after the eclipse.”

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