THE Jigawa state commissioner of health, Dr Abba Zakari Umar confirmed the death of 14 people as a result of the outbreak of Cerebral Spinal Meningitis (CSM) in the state.
The commissioner made the confirmation yesterday while responding to newsmen over the reports of the death of 42 people in Majiya village of Taura Local government in the state, “the figures are totally incorrect”.
Dr Abba Zakari Umar explained, “in our record 51 cases recorded in 14 local government areas where the disease reported the outbreak of the disease, in which 14 of them died”.
According to him, the state is requiring over 2.5 million doses o Cerebral Spinal Meningitis (CSM) from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency to curve the already outbreak of the disease in the state.
He noted that so far governor Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar of the state has directed the immediate release of the sum of N98 million for the procurement of medication for Cerebral Spinal Meningitis (CSM) and other medical equipment to be disbursed hospitals across the state.
“this is in order to curb the menace and spreads of the outbreak of disease”.
The health commissioner added that “every year the change of weather comes with certain diseases such as the Cerebral Spinal Meningitis (CSM), Cholera as well as the hot weather associated diseases”.
Dr Umar maintained that “the state also recorded 14 death as a result of the epidemic in the 14 local government area with Malam Madori and Taura recorded the highest death of five people each”.
He noted that the state falls within the belt on which whenever the time comes round such outbreak is expected to occur without notice, that is why measures are usually taken as pro-active.
Commenting on the recent outbreak at Majiya village in Taura local government area of the state where many children was said to have died of the CSM, he said a team of Medical experts were sent to curb the menace.
According to him that presently the drug on the ground is inadequate because the CSM is always in type A, B, C and so on, which makes it very difficult for any drug to be administered on the patients, it may likely not to cure all the types.
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