Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

17 killed in Niger measles outbreak

14 March 2013, 10:21

Minna -- A total of 17 people have been confirmed dead due to measles outbreak in central Nigeria's Niger State, a health official said on Tuesday.
 
State Commissioner for Health Ibrahim Sule confirmed the figure to reporters in Minna, the state capital, saying about 620 cases of the outbreak had been recorded in the state since January.
 
Owing to the increase in heat across the state, more deaths were recorded, causing a rise in the initial death toll of six people announced last week, he said.

According to Sule, the outbreak was first recorded two months ago in Edati area of the state, but the disease has now spread to 14 other local areas, including Bosso, Borgu, Chanchanga, Lapai, Mariga, Mokwa, Agwara, Gbako, Lavun, Munya, Shiroro, Rijau, Paikoro and Suleja.

The health ministry in Niger State had already embarked on aggressive awareness and sensitization at the grassroots level, while the state would collaborate with development partners for free treatment of the affected, he added.
 
He said the ministry had also started surveillance on the outbreak to curb its spread among people.
 
He described measles as a highly contagious infection caused by virus that could affect all age groups. It can be contacted through sneezing and coughing, he noted, saying the disease could be prevented through immunization.

-Xinhua

NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

DSS sacks Marilyn Ogar

03 September 2015, 16:02

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Anietie Ekong
Akwa Ibom Election Tribunal: PDP ...

The Akwa Ibom State Governorship election tribunal sitting resumed hearing with the PDP and its governorship candidate.  Read more...

10 things we learnt from Buhari's...

The idea of periodically assessing the achievements, actions and or leadership style of executive office holders was conceptualized and popularized in the American political system.  Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
Buhari denounced #100DaysPromise ...

It is rather troubling to see that certain elements are still peddling the fallacious 100 day so-called covenant attributed to the person of our distinguished President. Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
#100DaysPromise was not on any ma...

The so-called Buhari 100 days covenant and certified it fake for too many reasons.  Read more...

Submitted by
Hussain Obaro
If Kenya and Jamaica can why can'...

The abysmal performance of Nigeria athletics is a pointer to the fact that a lot is still wrong with us and we are yet to learn anything from the mistakes of the past.  Read more...

Submitted by
Samuel Ufot Ekekere
Fight to your last breath

We do all we do in life just so that our eyes could still be open to this side of life where it seems we have the ability to control because we have no idea what life at the other side looks like. Read more...