CSM: Bauchi, Adamawa, Borno govts intensify surveillance


Chairman, Bauchi State Healthcare Development Agency, Mr Adamu Gamawa, has said although there were no cases of Cerebro-Spinal Meningitis (CSM) in the state, surveillance had been intensified across all the 20 Local Government Areas.

He said, in Bauchi, on Wednesday, that all relevant vaccines were available to tackle any case that might be recorded.“The state has no single case so far but we have intensified surveillance and have procured, all vaccines needed to t the menace in case we record any in future, “he said.

He called on members of the public to ensure proper and adequate ventilation, imbibe the habit of hand washing, as well as maintain personal and environmental hygiene.

Similarly, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) Bauchi State, has embarked on sensitization of communities against the disease, Director of the agency in the state, Malam Nuru Kobi, said on Tuesday.

“There is need for community leaders to be on their toes, sensitizing members of the public on CMS, especially the need to ensure adequate ventilation.

“People should stop spitting any how without burying it with sand because the disease can be contacted as well, “he said.

Also in Adamawa, Dr. Bapatel Pariya, Director, Public Health, State  Ministry of Health, said that so far, no case had been recorded in the state.

Pariya said that initially, there were eight suspected cases but were confirmed to be negative after laboratory test at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola,

On the prevention, control and management measures, he said presently, there were over 21 Quick Response teams stationed across the 21 local government areas of the state, in case of any outbreak.

On its part, Borno State Government said it had set aside, 200,000 doses of vaccine for treatment of CSM in case of any outbreak during the hot season.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Harana Mishelia, told newsmen in Maiduguri that residents had been already been immunized for protection against disease.

“From 2012 to 2014, the whole state was covered with a special type of meningitis vaccine which effect lasts for 10yrs.

“However, we have over 200,000 doses in our stores to respond to any outbreak; the doses will serve as a fall-back should there be pockets of cases ” he said. (NAN)