Meningitis Kills 3 in Yobe State.

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As reported by the Commissioner for Health, Yobe state has recorded 10 new cases of Cebro Spinal Meningitis with 3 deaths this year.

The state’s Commissioner for health, Dr Bello Kawuwa, disclosed this on Wednesday at the commencement of measles vaccination campaign in Damaturu.

Dr. Kawuwa made it known that Yobe state government has collaborated with National Primary Healthcare Development Agency and development partners to immunize children between ages 1-6.

“The immunisation which targets 771,778 children will be conducted at health centres and designated fixed posts.

“The exercise is staggered in two phases; the first comprising eight local government areas from Feb. 7 to 11, while the second phase commences on Feb. 14 through 18,’’ he said.

The commissioner urged parents and caregivers to immunise their children.
“It is our obligation as parents to routinely immunise our children against all vaccine preventable diseases; routine immunisation is given at health facilities by qualified healthcare givers,” he said.

Also, the Executive Secretary of Yobe Primary Healthcare Management Board, Dr Hauwa Goni, encouraged parents to cooperate with health and medical personnel to ensure the success of the exercise.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges (meninges are the three layered membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord). It can be of viral, bacterial or fungal origin. Some cases of meningitis improve without treatment in a few weeks. Others can be life-threatening and require emergent antibiotic treatment.

Early symptoms of meningitis may be similar to influenza. The symptoms may iclude sudden high fever, stiff neck, severe headache that seems different than normal, headache with nausea or vomiting, confusion or difficulty concentrating, Seizures, Sleepiness or difficulty waking, Sensitivity to light, No appetite or thirst, Skin rash (sometimes, such as in meningococcal meningitis) amongst others.

Early treatment is required to prevent life-threatening complications.

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