President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the families of the victims of the deadly cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) which has ravaged some parts of the country, leading to deaths of hundreds of people.
This was made known by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State when he led a team on a condolence visit to areas affected by the outbreak in Danchadi village and surrounding areas in Bodinga LGA of the state.
From latest casualty figures from Sokoto alone, up to 41 people are known to have died.
“Our leader and President, Muhammadu Buhari, has asked me to condole with all of you over the outbreak of the disease in your localities. He has also asked me to tell you that everything is being done to contain the outbreak and ensure it does not occur again.
“Health officials have been deployed to affected areas and they have been working round the clock to ensure your safety. We urge you to follow their instructions and at the same time cooperate with them as we tackle this challenge,” the Governor added.
According to Tambuwal, more than 700,000 people will be immunized by the state government against the Type C strain of the virus in the 23 local government areas of the state.
He said immunization of children against child-killer diseases like measles, yellow fever and others are being intensified, even as officials from affected states are comparing notes to ensure coordinated efforts across borders.
The Governor also commended officials of the Federal and State ministries of health as well as development partners for being proactive in tackling the challenge.