SAD! Meningitis Kills 3 In Yobe After Minister Declared End To Outbreak
The Meningitis outbreak that the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, said was over some weeks ago is still killing people in a northern state.
It is not Uhuru yet.
Three citizens were lost to meningitis in Yobe State, an official of the state government said on Wednesday.
The Yobe Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bello Kawuwa, said the state had recorded 10 new cases of Cebro Spinal Meningitis out of which three deaths have occurred between January and now.
Dr. Kawuwa gave the figure at the flag off of measles vaccination campaign in Damaturu, the capital city.
The government official said the state in collaboration with National Primary Healthcare Development Agency and development partners had commenced early campaign and vaccination of children from one to six years old.
"The immunisation which targets 771,778 children will be conducted at health centres and designated fixed posts.
"The exercise is staggered in two phases; the first comprising eight local government areas from February 7 to 11, while the second phase commences on February 14 through 18,’’ he said.
Dr. Kawuwa also urged Parents and caregivers to ensure their children took part in the programme.
“It is our obligation as parents to routinely immunise our children against all vaccine preventable diseases; routine immunisation is given at health facilities by qualified healthcare givers,” he said.
The Executive Secretary, Yobe Primary Healthcare Management Board, Dr Hauwa Goni, also advised parents to cooperate with health and medical personnel to ensure the success of the exercise.
She expressed confidence in traditional authorities mobilising their subjects to participate in the vaccination.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes (meninges) surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
The swelling from meningitis typically triggers symptoms such as headache, fever and a stiff neck.
Most cases of meningitis in are caused by a viral infection, but bacterial and fungal infections are other causes.