Yobe Records 85 Deaths from Cerebrospinal Meningitis in 4 months.

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The Yobe state government has confirmed the death of, at least, 85 persons from cerebrospinal meningitis in the state while confirming that 2,510 others recovered from the disease between January and April 2024. The commissioner for health in the state, Lawan Gana, made the revelations while addressing journalists in Damaturu.

“On the Cerebrospinal Meningitis, so far 85 persons have died while 2,510 recovered from the disease.  I am assuring you that, the government was able to manage the cases, but we want the federal government to donate more vaccinations to tackle disease outbreaks in the state” he said.

Mr. Gana refuted the purported social media report on the alleged deaths of 200 persons in Potiskum and Nangere local government areas of the state.

He explained that a thorough investigation was carried out with epidemiologists and the state primary healthcare centres, to authenticate the purported report, noting that it was found to be false.

“The Ministry of Health before we come out to disputes, we normally do our diligence to ensure we give out the facts.  Having received that report, we mandated the State Epidemiologists, supervised by the Director of Public Health they first to contact the local government health teams of the said local government areas, but found out that there was no issue of such nature” he said.

Lawan who admitted that the hot weather is contributing to outbreaks of diseases, asked the public to ensure they sleep in ventilated areas as well as report any suspicious symptoms to health facilities on time.

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