By Abdusalam Muhamed , Kano
Kano State government has despatched its CSM rapid response team to hamlets and villages to deal with possible outbreak of cerebral spinal meningitis, CSM, following the death of one person in the state.
The measure by the state government was a precaution against a recurrence of the outbreak of CSM in major cities and towns in the north that claimed no fewer than hundreds ofÂ lives last year.
The state commissioner for health, Hajiya Aisha Isyaku Kiru, told newsmen, in Kano, thatÂ 10 cases had been reported in the state while all its health centres had been put on red alert to contain the situation.
Kiru stated that the victims were receiving treatment at the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Kano as the response team was working round the clock to nip it in the bud..
The commissioner stated that all the health centres has been fully equipped to deal with any CSMÂ outbreak in the state, stressing that the rapid response team had been trained and retrained for emergencies.
The former chemistry teacher explained that government was leaving nothing to chance, and enjoined the general public to report any incident to nearby centres for immediate action.
Kiru revealed that Kano recorded 13 months of unreported cases of poliomyelitis, adding that government worked on psychology of the citizens to get the desired result.
Kiru said that immunization officials used sweet and soap as bait to get children immunized, pointing that the strategy lured potential children to immunization centres.
She commended media houses for their complementary role in the quest to stem CSM in the state and the country in general, adding that the result was achieved through constant and sustainable enlightenment campaign.