Meningitis: Death toll increase to 21 in Sokoto State

The death toll in Sokoto State has continued to increase as a result of the meningitis epidemic in the state as the number of those dead has risen to 21.

This information was passed by the State Health Commissioner, Dr. Balarabe Kakale,  confirmed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Sokoto on Sunday, as he  gave an update on the state of high alert declared by the Ministry since 20 March.

The deaths were recorded in the seven  local governments of Kebbe, Bodinga, Rabah, Wamakko, Gada, Dange/Shuni and Tureta, mostly affected by the meningitis outbreak.

Kakale said, “the state government had since Monday deployed no fewer than fifteen medical teams, comprising of over one hundred and fifty medical personnel.

“They were deployed across the 23 local governments of the state, fully equipped with ambulances and provided with free drugs, as well as medicament.

“The emergency response teams were conducting house to house  search, definition and management, both at home and the hospitals.

“They had so far treated no fewer than 330 mixed cases of severe malaria and meningitis across the seven top-hit local governments.

“Out of the 330 cases, 40 were confirmed in the laboratories to be cases of meningitis, out of which 14 fatalities were recorded.

“These fourteen deaths excluded the seven deaths earlier recorded in parts of Gada local government of Gada local government.”

Source: (Punch Newspaper)