Yobe Govt dismisses report on ‘mysterious disease” killing 200 people

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Yobe Govt dismisses report on ‘mysterious disease” killing 200 people



By Ahmed Abba

Damaturu, April 29, 2024 (NAN) The  Yobe Government has dismissed a report that a strange disease claimed the lives of 200 youths in Potiskum and Nangere over the past two weeks.

Dr Mohammed Gana, the Commissioner for Health, while addressing newsmen on Monday in Damaturu said the ministry launched a thorough investigation upon receiving the reports.

”The state government deployed epidemiologists, health teams, primary healthcare directors and facility managers to the areas.

”Our investigations yielded no confirmation of such deaths,” Gana said.

He elaborated on the state’s ongoing efforts to combat Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM), including a network of over 200 community health influencers.

Others are 78 active case search teams, and over 1,000 volunteer community mobilisers supported by UNICEF.

“With this extensive infrastructure conducting active case searches across the state, it will be highly improbable for any significant health event to go unreported.

“We firmly assert that these reports are unfounded,”  Gana added. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)


Edited by Chioma Ugboma/Sadiya Hamza

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