Meningitis: Jigawa Targets 16,040 Residents For Vaccination

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…Procure Drugs Worth N98 Million 


By:  Isa Ahmad

JIGAWA, North-West, Nigeria –  In an effort to mitigate the spread of Cerebral Spinal Meningitis (CSM) which recently claimed lives of children at Majia town in Taura Local Government Area, the Jigawa State Government has commenced vaccination exercise in twenty settlements of thevtown among the thirteen affected LGA’s.

The Executive Secretary of the State Primary Health Care, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim, disclosed this while briefing newsmen at the reactive vaccination exercise at Majia town.

Speaking through the State Immunization Officer, Hassan Shu’aibu, said the exercise is targeting over 16,040 residents in the twenty settlements of the town ages 2 – 9 years.

He added that the Majia case need special consideration as it exceeded the number of cases considered to be an out break.

“Two CMC cases in every 100,000 population is considered as outbreak but Majia cases has exceeded the standard,” he stated.

Speaking on the outbreak, the Jigawa state Commissioner of Health, Dr Abba Zakari said that State Government has given directives for the procurement of drugs worth N98 Million to be distributed among the 31 new primary Health Care centres across the state in order to curb the menace of any out break of the disease.

The commissioner said every year the change of weather comes with certain diseases such as the Cerebral Spinal Meningitis (CSM)‎, Cholera as well as the hot weather associated diseases. 

Dr. Zakari further explained that the state falls within the belt on which whenever the time comes round such out break is expected to occur without notice, that is why‎ measures are usually taken as pro-active.

He confirm‎ed that 14 people had died of the CSM since it started some months ago; pointing out that among the 51persons suspected to have been infected and taken to the hospital for laboratory test, ten were confirmed to have the CSM.

While calling on residents to compliment governments’ efforts by taking all their children to the nearest vaccination post in the area, he commended the Federal, state governments and donor agencies in their effort to control the menace in the area.

The  donor agencies are said to have taken care of all the technical support, monitoring and supervision of the exercise.

It could be recalled that recently the town was engulf by outbreak of Cerebral Spinal Meningitis (CSM)‎, where it claimed lives of children under five years.

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