Daily Trust (Abuja)

6 February 2013

Nigeria: Measles Outbreak Reported in Five Kaduna Communities

Kaduna — An outbreak of measles has been reported in five communities of Kaduna-South Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

It was gathered that several persons in Barnawa, Kakuri, Tudun Wada, Kinkinau and some few areas within Kaduna metropolis have been affected by the disease.

Speaking to Daily Trust, a resident of Kakuri, Alhamdu Kwasu said, "Many children and a few adults have been affected. If you visit hospitals in our area, you will see many people suffering from the disease there".

When contacted, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Health, Turaki Kalik, confirmed the incident adding, "Adequate arrangements have been made to stop the disease from spreading".

"We received report of outbreak of measles in Barnawa, Kakuri, Tudun Wada, Kinkinau and some other areas, and we have mobilised resources and manpower to ensure that it is brought under control," Kalik said.

According to the commissioner, the outbreak was due to the change in weather and some other factors.

"We are anticipating outbreak of meningitis, as well as Lassa fever. So, as I speak to you, the state government is fully prepared, with drugs and other necessary items in case it happens," he added.

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