Sunday, April 2, 2017 2:30 pm
Sokoto Health Commissioner, Dr Balarabe Kakale has said the new strain of meningitis ravaging the State is deadlier than the dreaded ebola disease as it kills within four to six hours of afflicting a patient.
The Health Commissioner spoke to journalists in Sokoto on Sunday when he gave an update on the state of high alert declared by the state government since on March 20.
According to him, the new epidemic was caused by the type “C’’ strain of meningitis and not the type “A’’ strain which the people of the state had hitherto developed immunity for.
Kakale said death toll as a result of the meningitis epidemic has now risen to 41.
Kakale disclosed that the deaths were mostly recorded out of the nearly 600 clinically confirmed cases of meningitis in the eight worst-hit local governments.
The local governments are Rabah, Kebbe, Tureta, Gada, Dange/Shuni, Wamakko, Kware and Bodinga.
The commissioner added that the death toll was because more than eighty percent of the victims also had not been immunised.
But he added that the government has embarked on a state-wide, mass vaccination for the people of the state, against meningitis with over 700,000 persons, aged one to thirty years being targeted across the 23 local governments of the state.
He advised the people of the state to ensure that their children were fully immunised against the child killer diseases like measles, whooping cough, yellow fever and diphtheria, among others.
“They should also desist from self-medication as adequate drugs and medicament were provided by the state government for the free treatment of the patients.
“No fewer than one hundred medical personnel comprising of medical Doctors, Nurses, ambulances and other logistics are still operating across the state.
“The people should also desist attaching traditional beliefs like witchcraft and report all suspected cases of meningitis, measles and other diseases to the nearest health facility.
“We will not rest on our oars until when the epidemic is fully mitigated, although the cases had drastically reduced.
“Some of the isolation camps hitherto set up had since been closed in most of the local governments,’’ Kakale said.