The Jigawa State Government has disclosed that meningitis has killed 15 persons as 51 suspected cases were recorded in 10 local government areas of the state.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Abba Zakari, confirmed this to newsmen in Dutse on Wednesday, March 7.
The commissioner also said that 51 suspected cases of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM) had so far reported to the ministry since November 2017.
He said: “For instance, in Birninkudu we had two cases with one death; in Gagarawa one case but no death; in Jahun seven cases but no death.
“Malam Madori 10 cases with four deaths, in Ringim one case but no death; in Miga one case but no death; in Babura 11 cases but no death; in Dutse one case but no death.
“Maigatari recorded three cases but no death, and in Taura we had 10 cases and five deaths. And out of the 51 suspected cases, 10 were confirmed as meningitis, about 44 were not meningitis as it was only 10 that were confirmed meningitis. But out of 51, we lost around 14 of them, not nine as reported by some of the media.
“So, it is 51 suspected cases, 10 confirmed and 15 mortalities, and it cut across several local government areas of the state.’’
The commissioner pointed out that the state was within the meningitis belt of the African region, where meningitis epidemic is being recorded between every five and 10 years.
“You know Jigawa state falls within what is called meningitis belt of the African region and then from time to time you have the epidemic of meningitis.
“And incidentally it happens in a circle almost like every five to 10 years you have one or two epidemics.
“Now in Jigawa state, since November 2017, we have about 51 suspected cases of meningitis, and what we mean by suspected cases of meningitis is that people are showing some signs and symptoms that look like meningitis.
“But you cannot really say they have meningitis until you take what is called cerebrum spinal fluid and look at it under the microscope, if you can see the bacteria there then you can say that this is meningitis,’’ the commissioner explained.