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Meningitis kill 38 people in Jigawa State

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Salisu Muazu confirmed this to newsmen in Dutse on Thursday. He said the state recorded a total of 398 suspected cases between October 2022 to date.
Muazu said the disease was detected in 56 political wards across seven local government areas of the state that border Niger Republic.
He said the outbreak was initially from the neighboring Niger Republic, and later spread to the border communities in the state, through trans border activities.
The permanent secretary listed the affected areas including Babura, Maigatari, Suletankarkar, Birniwa, Gumel, Gwiwa, and Yankwashi.
“This is in spite of the fact that last year, we conducted immunization against this disease across the state.
“But after getting the report of the outbreak, we took the samples for test in the laboratory, and we discovered it was a strange disease.
“It is not a normal CSM disease that we commonly know which is type A, this one, we discovered that it is bacteria, known as type B.
“And immediately after results were obtained, the state government, through the ministry, swung into action, by offering free treatment, control, and prevention measures in the affected areas,” he said
Muazu further stated that the ministry had established an isolation centre at Gumel General Hospital, to which affected persons are being referred for treatment and observation.
He, however, stressed that the situation had been brought under control, as cases are being sporadically recorded.


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