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In Katsina, meningitis threatens two million – UNICEF

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OVER two million residents of Katsina in Katsina State are at the risk of imminent meningitis attack.

Country Representative of United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in Nigeria, Peter Hawkins, disclosed this yesterday while delivering an address during the flag-off of routine meningitis immunisation in Dutsin-ma Local Government Area of Katsina state.

Hawkins spoke through his representative from UNICEF Kano Field Office, Niyi Oyedokun.

According to him, the state in 2018 recorded 1321 cases of meningitis across the 34 council areas to make it vulnerable flashpoint.

“Meningitis is an extremely distressing disease that causes significant loss of life especially in countries located within what is called “the meningitis belt” which consists of almost all the states in Nigeria including Katsina State. Katsina, with a projected total population of 8.5 million people has an estimated 2 million people at risk of meningitis. In 2018, there were 1321 cases of meningitis across 34 LGAs of Katsina State,” Oyedokun said.

He however stressed need for continuous sensitisation among people on importance of routine immunisation to prevent children from this and other common childhood killer diseases.

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