At a news briefing in Gasau, Prof. Abdullahi Shinkafi, Secretary to the State Government in Zamfara, who is also the chairman of the state’s Committee for the control of Meningitis has disclosed that meningitis outbreak has claimed no fewer than 215 lives in the last two months in the state.
Shinkafi has said that the committee was mobilizing communities in the state, through the Local Government Meningitis Control Committees, to create more awareness on the disease, saying that additional 1,864 cases had been recorded in the state since the outbreak of the disease.
According to him, already 1,344 people have been trained as vaccinators and they have been divided into 224 groups of six people each, saying that they would carry out vaccination throughout the state.
Shinkafi has said that the state government, which required three million dosages of meningitis vaccines, only got 300,000 from the Federal Government. He said, “We have to carefully prioritize the vaccination.” adding that the vaccination would be concentrated on high density areas including key public institutions and schools to curtail further spread.