Meningitis: Not Yet Uhuru In Sokoto As Death Toll Rises
It is not yet Uhuru in Sokoto State over the outbreak of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM), as two more deaths have been recorded in the state.
The Sokoto State government had on Thursday said it had brought the outbreak of Meningitis in Gada Local Government Area under control.
Five deaths have earlier been reported.
The Chairman of the local government, Dr. Abdullahi Gada, told reporters on Friday that the deaths were recorded between January, this year and now.
He stated that the deaths were recorded out of the 77 reported cases during the period under review, which is about 9.10% of the cases resulting in death .
According to the Chairman, "three deaths were recorded at the Wauru Primary Health centre, while four were recorded at the Gada General Hospital. Approximately, one person dies of out of every 11 reported cases.
"In all, the cases were recorded in Gada, Wauru, Kyadawa, Kaffe, Kaddi and Duka-maje, among others.” Gada further stated that the situation had now been brought under control, but said only ten persons were currently on admission at the Gada General Hospital.
New String Of Meningitis
The council chairman, who is also a Medical Doctor, said that the local government had provided assorted emergency drugs worth about 2 million Naira, which were being distributed free to the patients.
"We have also deployed medical teams across the area, while immunisation services were bolstered.
"The massive immunisation exercise is focused on measles, tuberculosis, polio and the six child-killer diseases.
"The state government also deserves commendation for dispatching additional medical teams, drugs and medicaments to the local government,” Gada said.
The chairman appealed to residents of the area to continue to accept immunisation, saying that "it helps to prevent other incoming illnesses".
Gada urged the state government to conduct statewide immunisation exercises against measles and CSM. He also called on the Federal Government and development partners to assist in the statewide immunisation exercise.
Also commenting, the acting Principal Medical Officer of the Gada General Hospital, Dr Chinasa Onyemkpa, said: "The outbreak of meningitis in the area was caused by a new string of the disease.
"The people of the area had developed immunity for the old string of the ailment and awareness is key.
"The current problem was aggravated by some formidable factors like traditional beliefs, overpopulation, poor hygiene and congestion, among others".
Onyempka also stressed the need for the children to be fully immunised, saying that "it protects them for ten years".