An outbreak of meningitis has killed forty two people in five local governments of Kebbi State while fifty eight people are still receiving treatment in various camps at the affected local governments.
The Director, Disease Control, of the state Ministry of Health, Aliyu Usman Bunza, disclosed this to newsmen at the state Ministry of Health in Birnin Kebbi, Thursday.
He said that the affected local governments included Jega, with 46 cases and 3 deaths, Argungu, with 6 cases, no death, Gwandu, 36 cases, no death, Aliero has 49 cases and 34 deaths while Zuru local government recorded 5 deaths from 17 cases.
He further explained that the Ministry started receiving cases of the disease since January this year and carefully took control, with the aid of preventive measures, leading to the discharge of many victims.
The Director of Immunisation and Disease Control, Hussaini Sahabi, attributed the rapid outbreak of the disease to sleeping in overcrowded and unventilated rooms as well.
“The disease can occur even during harmattan and not only during the hot season . The raid spread could be due to sleeping in overcrowded rooms with poor air circulation or sleeping in rooms with no cross ventilation. “He said.
Sahabi also explained that the government has already released 20,000 doses of vaccines to the affected areas and people have been vaccinated ” In Agungu, 1,290 doses of vaccines were used , Jega ,3005 doses, Gwandu 2,160 doses, while in Aliero, 13,200 doses of vaccines were used” he explained.
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