Jigawa records meningitis outbreak; one person dead

Report reaching the newsbreakers has it that meningitis has killed one person and infected four others in four local government areas of Jigawa State.The Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Health, Dr Muhammad Kainuwa asserted this when he spoke to newsmen in Dutse on Thursday.The scribe said that five suspected cases of cerebro-spinal meningitis were reported to the ministry.Two of the cases, he said, occurred in Gwaram Local Government Area, meanwhile one case was reported in each of Kirikasamma, Kiyawa and Maigatari Local Government Areas.The permanent secretary also confirmed that a 13-year-old boy died in one of the reported outbreaks in Gwaram.Kainuwa said four diseased persons had received treatment.“As of today, five suspected cases were reported in Kiyawa, Kirikasamma, Gwaram and Maigatari local government areas.“In Gwaram, there were two cases where a 13-year-old boy lost his life.“And all cases reported were investigated using standard operation procedures and specimens were taken also where one was found to be positive.”Vaccines, according to Kainuwa, have been called for by the ministry from the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA).“The major challenge is the non-availability of the vaccines.“But as soon as the Federal Government made available the vaccines, we will immunise the affected communities.” He said.He assured that the ministry had engaged its Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers in all the LGAs for a combat exercise against the menace.The permanent secretary added that as part of actions to stop further spread of the disease, the ministry is cooperating with the World Health Organisation (WHO) for a due record of the disease incidences.“We have also increased our surveillance in collaboration with WHO particularly in Maigatari which is along the Nigeria/Niger border.“The WHO is also providing more investigative kits, the state government has also reactivated the Port Health facility in Maigatari.“Also, we’ve already commenced creating awareness across the state so that people will be able to prevent themselves from getting infected and also quickly bring to hospital anyone that has the symptoms.“We also use jingles in radio stations in the state so as to reach to the populace,” he said.Kainuwa urged local residents of the need to take precautions and ensure their rooms are ventilated.

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