Meningitis Outbreak, Yobe records 214 cases as 8 students Hospitalised and 206 others quarantined.


Almost 214 cases of cerebrospinal meningitis have been recorded in Yobe State schools, with eight students in critical conditions, while 206 others  quarantined.

The disease has killed not less than  20 students in the Government Science Technical College; Government Girls Science Technical College and Federal Government Girls College, all in Potiskum LGA, on Tuesday.

The cases were also recorded in Fune and Fika LGAs and several students admitted to the specialist hospital in Potiskum.

The Deputy Medical Director of the specialist hospital, Dr Abubakar Sadiq Zakari, told Newsmen that the hospital so far recorded 214 cases from the students while eight were in the hospital receiving treatment as a result of their critical situations.

He explained that meningitis was an acute inflammation of the membrane covering the brain and the spinal cord, describing it as a very serious infection.

He called for the construction of more rooms in the isolated camps to accommodate the victims of the outbreak.

Idi Hon Barde Gubana, the Deputy Governor of the State who represented the Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni in a visite to the affected areas said the recent outbreak of meningitis in some communities in Yobe South required urgent attention. He also  said the government had already provided emergency treatment vaccines, as well as deployment of rapid response teams to all affected areas.