Sokoto, March 23, 2017 (TNE): Following the death of seven persons from Cerebro Spinal Meningitis attack in Sokoto State, the government has declared a state of high alert on health, Health Commissioner Balarabe Kakale has said.
Kakale had on March 17 confirmed that the death toll caused by the outbreak of CSM in parts of Gada Local Government Area had risen to seven.
Kalale told newsmen on Wednesday in Sokoto that no fewer than 104 cases of meningitis were already recorded in Gada, Wurno and Bodinga local government areas.
He said, however, that the situation had been brought under control across the state.
He said the state government had deployed 15 rapid response health teams in all the 23 LGAS.
According to him, government has also deployed 150 medical personnel from the ministry, agencies and hospitals into affected areas.
”The teams were equipped with ambulances, free drugs, logistics and other essential needs.
”The teams comprise medical doctors, nurses, medical laboratory scientists and other professionals,” he said.
Kakale said that the teams would conduct statewide house-to-house extraction of patients to hospitals for free treatment.
The commissioner explained that the teams would also conduct massive sensitisation campaigns on the need for people to ensure personal and environmental hygiene.
Kakale said that efforts were underway to map out strategies of integrated responses, as well as to establish isolation camps, if necessary.
According to him, the state government is liaising with its Kebbi and Zamfara neighbours to make joint efforts to mitigate cross-border import of cases.
“We are also liaising with the Federal Ministry of Health, World Health Organisation, UNICEF, Medicines Sans Frontiers and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, to procure CSM vaccines.
“This is to enable the ministry to conduct massive immunisation campaigns against meningitis, especially for under-five children and adults,” he said.
The Nigerian Expression reports that meningitis is an acute inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and the spinal cord known collectively as the meninges.
The most common symptoms are fever, headache and neck stiffness. Other symptoms include confusion or altered consciousness, vomiting and inability to tolerate light or loud noises.
Young children often exhibit non-specific symptoms such as irritability, drowsiness or poor feeding.
The disease is pervasive especially in the northern part of the country in the hot, dry season. (TNE)