Jigawa intensifies efforts to combat Meningitis outbreak
The Jigawa government has intensified efforts to combat any outbreak of Meningitis across the state, Deputy Governor, Ibrahim Hadejia, has said.Hadejia told newsmen yesterday that the state government has concluded plans and acquired enough drugs in case of outbreak of the disease.
The deputy governor said that the state government has also commenced public enlightenment campaign on the prevention of the disease. He advised the people to avoid sleeping in crowded rooms and to always leave their doors and windows open to allow for enough ventilation.
He urged the people to report any sign of outbreak of meningitis to the nearest health facility close to them for necessary action.He said that meningitis thrives in heat and urged people not to engage in self-medication, but report any sickness to the nearest hospital for prompt medical attention.
On April 7, the state announced the discovery of five cases of CSM in four areas of the state, with one person reported dead and four on admission. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Abba Zakari, who disclosed this to newsmen, said the state has adopted urgent measures to curtail the spread of the disease, following reported cases in some states and the neighbouring Niger Republic. He said the affected councils are Kirikasamma, Kiyawa, Gwaram and Maigatari.
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