MENINGITIS HAS KILLED 46 IN KATSINA – WHO

Meningitis killed 46 in Katsina –WHO

Punch Newspapers / Sesan / 17 minutes ago

Jesusegun Alagbe

About 46 persons have been killed by the Cerebral Spinal Meningitis since the outbreak of the disease in Katsina State.

In a statement, the social media executive of the World Health Organisation in the state, Umole Elfrida, also said the state had recorded about 713 suspected cases of the disease.

She, however, noted that in collaboration with the state Primary Health Care Development Agency and other partners, the WHO had carried out a massive vaccination programme in four local government areas of the state, namely Bindawa, Main, Kurfi and Jibia, with a total number of about 78,936 people being immunised against the disease.

“The exercise was carried out after the training of teams and sensitisation of residents of the communities. Different schools, institutions and health workers were sensitised, with the provision of ceftriaxone for treatment of cases,” she said.

According to health experts, meningitis is a serious infection of the thin lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, which can cause brain damage.

Stereotype C, a new strain of meningococcal meningitis, had emerged in the country in 2013.

In 2017, a meningitis outbreak killed about 489 people in the country, while 4,637 suspected cases were recorded.

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