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Yobe records 361 measles cases

08 March 2013, 13:12

Damaturu - The Yobe Government says it recorded 361 cases of measles with four deaths in 14 out of the 17 Local Government Areas of the state from January to date.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Musa Alaraba, the Press Secretary to Yobe Deputy Governor, in Damaturu on Friday.

The statement said that the four deaths were recorded in Nangere Local Government.

It stated that Potiskum recorded 87 cases, Tarmuwa 37, Nangere 33, Bursari 30, Jakusko 29, Bade 27, Fika 25, Fune 24, Gulani 22, Nguru 20, Karasuwa 12, Giedam eight,  Yusufari six, and Damaturu one.

It stated that 357 children were treated and discharged, while four died out of the 33 cases recorded in Nangere Local Government.

The statement described reports that 87 children died in Potiskum as misleading.

``The figure represents total number of cases recorded in Potiskum and there was no single death in Potiskum, all the victims were treated and discharged,’’ it said.

The statement further stated that the state Ministry of Health introduced integrated measles campaign alongside the routine immunisation.

``As a deliberate policy, the ministry took advantage of the routine Immunisation Plus Days to administer measles’ vaccines to children who missed the initial immunisation.

"A surveillance network had also been introduced in all the17 Local Governments for early disease detection and quick response,’’ it added.


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