Residents Decry As Meningitis Kills 65 Children In Jigawa
At least 65 children in 14 local governments in Jigawa State have died of an ailment suspected to be meningitis residents and health officials in the area have told PREMIUM TIMES reports.
On Wednesday when this reporter visited Gumel, Babura and Sule-Tankarkar – some of the local government areas where the outbreak of the disease – residents and health officials explained that some of the children who succumbed to the disease complained of fever and numbness in their legs. Information Guide Nigeria
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In Dungundun community in Sule-Tankarkar council area, the village head, Alkasim Yakubu, said 19 children had died of the disease and several are dealing with lifelong deformities as a result of the disease.
Mr Yakubu due to the outbreak, residents from neighbouring communities are staying away from Dungundun, to avoid catching the highly contagious disease. jamb results
The two octogenarians have died from the disease as well. He said the outbreak was first reported in the community middle of last month.
“Many of the children died within 12 hours of contracting the disease. There is no functional health facility nearby. we rush some of them to Danladin Gumel Primary Health care in the neighbouring council area,” he said.
“Following the outbreak, a local government staff provided the community with a chemical being used in drinking water, since then, there is no any response from government official aside from you (referring to Journalists) who just came, the traditional ruler said.