Meningitis kills 65 in Jigawa - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Sunday, June 19, 2022

Meningitis kills 65 in Jigawa

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About 65 persons have lost their lives due to the outbreak of meningitis in 18 out of the 27 Local Government Areas in Jigawa state. 

Some of the affected towns included; Babura,Gumel,Maigatari and Sule Dankarkar Local Government Areas. 

A Public  Enlightenment officer on health in Babura LGA,Ya'u Dauda said " there are many places like Gidan Maja where we visited together with staff of Save the Children. There, we got report of instant death of about 8 people."

A total of 257 people in the state have so far, been infected with the disease. 

The Mai Garin Digudun who spoke through his assistant, Malam Al Kasim, said over 50 people were infected with the disease in his domain and many have died.

" If a child is infected with the disease in the morning, before evening time the child is gone. Another child infected in the evening, before the morning time the child is dead.We have about 17 children in this town who died.Their ages ranged between 10,18.and even 20 yeaes old,"  he said.

The Bulama of Mai lebe in Gumel Emirate,Malam Yusuf Ahmed said 21 people died in his area.

Similarity, Mai Garin Kanyan Arewa ,Akilu Dauda of Babura LGA said the disease has claimed 19 lives in the village. 

While narrating her ordeal, a woman said two of her children were infected, one died on the way to the hospital while the other child was currently on admission. 

A health official in  Jigawa state, Malam Samaila Mahmud, said report reaching them indicated there were 65 deaths and a total of 257 cases in the state. 

Jigawa state was hit by meningitis in the previous years. Experts said the outbreak was as a result of congestion and poor sanitation among the people. 

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