Hon. Commissioner Assures State Citizens On Meningitis Control…


Dr. Fatima Atiku Abubakar
Honourable Commissioner
Ministry of Health

The Honourable Commissioner of Health, Dr. Fatima Atiku Abubakar  has assured the state citizenry  that the State  Ministry of Health under her purview would nip the current sporadic outbreak of meningitis in two local government areas of  the state.
Dr. Fatima  made this assertive conviction about the capability of the State  government after her ministry issued public advisory warning to the state citizens  after two cases associated with Meningitis have been recorded in Song and Yola South Local Government Areas.  Speaking extensively on efforts employed and deployed so far to curtail the further spread of the epidemic.

“we have started working with all the affected LGAs and our partners on specific areas of collaboration to heighten massive awareness and sensitization, laboratory investigation and analysis, proper documentation and disease surveillance techniques through WHO and State Primary Health Care Development Agency  (SPHCDA) who have been of tremendous support since the outbreak. We are in constant discussion with Federal Ministry of Health,  World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and other donor  agencies for supplies of vaccines and injections”. She added

Through our partnership, we have secured some doses of antibiotics to four General Hospitals and specialist hospital for early treatment of cases as part of practical and medically certified containment measures  to stem and control  the outbreak.

We are equally advocating for prompt  referrals  and diagnosis for any suspected cases  and have issued directive to all general and cottage hospitals, private   medical facilities and PHCs to treat all cases of meningitis free of charge.
All State citizens  especially residents of Song and Yola South  Local Government  are advised to seek early attention when discomforted with symptoms of Cerebro  Spinal Meningitis (CSM) and avoid clogging together in unventilated rooms and over-crowded areas.

BY Abubakar Mohammed

Information Officer