Death toll from meningitis epidemic hits 21 in Sokoto state

meningitis : Death toll rises in the North

The death toll from meningitis epidemic in Sokoto state, has risen to 21.

The deaths were recorded in Kebbe, Bodinga, Rabba, Wamako, Gada, Dange/Shuni and Tureta local government areas of the state.

Health commissioner, Doctor Balarabe Kakala, who gave an update on the meningitis epidemic, declared last March 20, said that 14 of those who died were in the Gada local government area.

”These 14 deaths excluded the seven deaths earlier recorded in parts of Gada local government area,” he stated.

Kakala explained that 15 medical teams, including 150 doctors, and other health workers had been deployed to the affected areas and treated over 330 cases.

He also lamented that traditional belief in witchcraft was making fighting the disease difficult, with some families refusing to take their suspected patients to the hospitals.

“You will see suspected cases having symptoms of meningitis like vomiting, high fever, headache and steepness of the neck, but they will not be conveyed to the health facilities.

“Keeping them at home will only make the disease worse and cause transmission to other members of the family.

“The residents should also reduce the number of those to take care of confirmed patients, avoid sleeping in overcrowded rooms, as well as ensure personal and environmental hygiene.”

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