Measles kills 15 children in Nassarawa

No fewer than 15 children have lost their lives between January and April 2017, following the outbreak of measles that hit Nasarawa State.

The Commissioner of Health, Dr. Daniel Iya, who disclosed this in Lafia, also said that the state has not had any case of meningitis that is currently ravaging certain parts of the country.

According to him, the state has step up its sensitization campaign against the outbreak across the 13 local government and 18 development areas, admonishing the residents to avoid crowded places, and to only sleep in ventilated rooms among others.

Dr. Iya, however, opined that sensitization and adequate communication using the media in local languages remains
the key to preventing meningitis outbreak in the state.

He added that Nasarawa had already taken steps to ensure that the required drugs are available in all the
health facilities across the state to avert the outbreak of the infectious disease.

Reacting on the outbreak of the measles, he explained that they had high level of coverage of routine immunisation during the period under review.

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