Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: Measles Claims 165 Children in Katsina

Katsina — Measles epidemic killed 165 children in Katsina State in the last three months, the state director, Disease Control, Dr Halliru Idris, has said.

He told newsmen yesterday in Katsina that so far 3,064 cases were recorded in the state from January 2008 to date.

He explained that the worst hit local government areas were Katsina, Zango, Malumfashi and Funtua, where a total of 1,267 cases were recorded.

He noted that the deaths were only those recorded at hospitals "but many cases were not reported".

He attributed the large number of deaths and cases of the disease in the state to the failure of many parents to immunise their children during the routine immunisation programme.

The director said following the epidemic, the state government had set up an Emergency Prepared Response Committee to ensure the disease was controlled.

The state government, he added, had distributed 66,000 measles vaccines to the affected local government areas to ensure infected children were treated.

"Additional drugs have also been supplied to strategic reserves in the state, while staff were trained on epidemic-prone diseases", he said.

Idris urged parents to report cases of measles and any other child-killer disease to clinics nearest to them, as well as ensure routine immunisation of their children.

The director appealed to parents to promptly report cases cerebro spinal meningitis (CSM) to hospitals and ensure adequate ventilation in their homes to prevent the disease. (NAN)

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