Meningitis Claims 3 In Yobe

Cebro Spinal Meningitis has killed three persons in Yobe State, an official of the state government said on Wednesday.

This development comes few weeks after the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, said the disease was over

Dr. Bello Kawuwa, the Yobe Commissioner for Health, who confirmed the deaths said the state recorded 10 new cases of the disease out of which three deaths have occurred between January and now.

Speaking at the flag off of measles vaccination campaign in Damaturu, the state capital, Dr. Kawuwa said the state in collaboration with National Primary Healthcare Development Agency and development partners had commenced early campaign and vaccination of children.

“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.

The commissioner also urged Parents and guardians 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.

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.

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