Funtua Local Government Council on Thursday confirmed the death of six persons and the hospitalization 24 others as a result of outbreak of Cerebro-Spinal Meningitis.
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Mrs Muibat Abdullahi, Primary Health Care Coordinator of the Council, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the outbreak started from a Quranic (Almajiri) school at Unguwar Dahiru area of Makera ward in Funtua town.
She said authorities were alerted and in response, officials of Medicine San Frontiers (Doctors without Borders) conducted tests on isolated persons’ specimens and diagnosed meningitis type `C’, which is different with other cases of meningitis in the country.
She however disclosed that San Frontiers supported them with drugs and other relevant consumables while Katsina state government procured vaccines for immediate immunisation of people around the area.
She said that so far, 5, 535 out of the targeted 8,650 persons, had been immunised against the disease, just as the Funtua Comprehensive Health Centre had been converted to an isolation centre due to ongoing rehabilitation of Funtua General Hospital.
The coordinator explained that the council deployed 25 health workers to conduct vaccination in Makera, Dikke and Sabon-Gari wards, as well as some fixed points at places of prevalence.
She added that persons aged 2 to 14 were targeted during exercise, and that Emergency Response Teams were placed on alert, while Voluntary Community Mobilization (VCM) workers embarked on house-to-house mobilisation of people against the disease.