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Gombe Partners Traditional Institutions on Fight against Meningitis
Date Posted: 13/Aug/2019
Governor Muhammad Yahaya of Gombe State has said his administration will partner traditional institutions in the ongoing fight against Cerebro-Spinal Meningitis.
Yahaya, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Abubakar Njodi, at the beginning of the New Meningitis Vaccine into Routine Immunisation Schedule, popularly known as Men A, stated that in the past two centuries, an outbreak of the disease occurred in many parts of the North.
He said, “Cerebrospinal Meningitis is an airborne disease that spreads quite fast due to overcrowding and poor ventilation. It is one of the diseases that require a great deal of attention. Its reoccurrence is so terrifying that it results in the death of children and adults, particularly in the northern part of the country.”
Describing the disease as one of the major health challenges facing northern Nigeria, the Acting Secretary, Gombe State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Alhaji Haruna Dadinkowa, said outbreaks of meningitis usually occurred annually.
“An outbreak of the disease often results in a heavy death toll and the survivors end up getting permanently deformed, suffer epilepsy and become deaf.
“This immunisation will reduce the outbreak of meningitis in young people. It will be administered at the same time with vaccines for yellow fever and measles at the health facilities or during outreaches,” Dadinkowa stated.
Also, a representative of the state coordinator of the World Health Organisation, Musa Wada, said “We are all aware that meningitis constitutes high morbidity and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa, which Nigeria is part of. We are also aware that vaccines are usually given to people when there is an outbreak of the disease, but we are not waiting for an outbreak to occur.
“On behalf of development partners I want to assure the government of our support, we will provide technical leadership and support in health-related interventions.”

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