A Twenty six year old teacher has reportedly died after he was bitten by a dog in the village of Wanikade, Yala LGA in the northern part of Cross River State.
The teacher, Emmanuel Ogana Ikade, a graduate of political science from the University of Calabar was until the incident teaching at Agba Secondary School, Operikwu in Yala Local Government Area of the state.
According to reports, he had late last week gone to see one of his friends who was ill but as he was approaching the house, a dog came after him and as he made to stop it, the dog leapt at him and bit him on the right leg.
After the bite, he was said not to have sought proper medical aid immediately with the hope that the bite would have no effect on him. “I saw him with a bandage on Friday and when I asked what happened, he said he had an accident with his motorcycle but the next day when the thing became serious he told me that he was bitten by a dog”. Dave, a friend of the teacher said.
According to Dave, the man rather than go to the hospital for proper medical check up, only visited a chemist who gave him some medication which did not help. “When I asked him if he had visited the hospital, he said a chemist had given him some injection and incidentally it turned out that the chemist is a quack who did not know the right medication for rabies”.
Three days after the bite, the teacher was said to have begun barking like a dog and was rushed to the hospital by his friends “but when we got to the hospital it had become too late and he passed on after some hours”. Dave said.
The death of the young man who is said to be the only child of his parents has left them devastated. When a CrossRiverWatch reporter visited the home on Sunday evening soon after he was buried, there was still a lot of wailing by the family members and visitors.
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