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Meningitis: Yobe records 214 cases, 8 students hospitalised, 206 quarantined

No fewer than 214 cases of cerebrospinal meningitis have been recorded in Yobe State schools, with eight students in critical conditions, while 206 others have…

No fewer than 214 cases of cerebrospinal meningitis have been recorded in Yobe State schools, with eight students in critical conditions, while 206 others have been quarantined.

The disease killed at least 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 Daily Trust 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.

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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.

Governor Mai Mala Buni who visited the affected areas said the recent outbreak of meningitis in some communities in Yobe South required urgent attention.

Buni, who was represented by his Deputy, Idi Hon Barde Gubana, said the government had already provided emergency treatment vaccines, as well as deployment of rapid response teams to all affected areas.

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