By Aliyu Dangida
DUTSE—Jigawa State has announced the discovery of five cases of cebrospinal meningitis, CSM, in four local government area of the state, with one person reported dead and four on admission.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Abba Zakari, who disclosed this to newsmen, said the state had 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, adding that four patients are on admission.
Zakari said the state, in collaboration with Word Health Organisation, WHO, will intensify surveillance in the border towns of Maigatari, Babura and Yankwashi.
His words: “The state has adopted various strategies aimed at enlightening the public on the sign and symptoms of the illness through radio jingles, public enlightenment and a sensitisation workshop for council health workers and notification officers.”
He explained that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, has provided vaccines for the treatment of CSM and that other consignment will soon arrive the state for onward storage in case of eventuality.