Meningitis Borno govt says measures taken to prevent disease outbreak has been effective

The health commissioner said surveillance teams had also been set up to monitor development in all parts of the state.

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Borno government said on Sunday that in spite of the extremely hot weather in the state,  it had yet to record any case of cerebro-spinal meningitis

Mr Haruna Mishelia, Commissioner of Health, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that such a development was heart-warming and an indication that proactive measures taken, had been effective.

“We ensured that the state is prepared to respond to any outbreak, especially bearing in mind that we share borders with Niger Republic and the increased population movement, as well as the large concentration of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
“I called an emergency meeting of all health partners on Monday, to discuss the issue and ensure that the state is adequately prepared.

“Various technical groups were reactivated and responsible agencies identified.
“The rapid response team will meet weekly to review the update situation in the state,”
he said.

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The commissioner said that based on the outcome of the meeting, a number of actions were taken to prevent the disease from spreading to the state.

Mishelia said surveillance teams had also been set up to monitor development in all parts of the state.

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