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Nigeria Minister Of Health Directs Gasau Federal Medical Centre To Set Up Rapid Response Team To Search For Meningitis Cases

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By Lontong Ibrahim

Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has directed the Management of the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau in Zamfara State – northwestern Nigeria, to immediately activate a case finding mission in a bid to stem the current outbreak of meningitis in the state.

Adewole gave the directive during his visit to the hospital on Monday.

Spokesperson of the Ministry Mrs. Boade Akinola in a statement quoted the minister to have said; “Set up a rapid response team and let them go and find cases.

“This is not the time to wait for referrals before you treat. You should go out and search for the cases,” he said.

While describing a picture of a girl receiving treated on the floor in one of the state PHCs that made the front page of a recent edition of a National Newspaper as unacceptable, the governor called on the facility to assist in strengthening the Primary Health Care system in the state in order to curtail the current meningitis outbreak and future occurrences.

He said, “What I saw in The Newspaper is unacceptable. They are human beings and not animals and we must treat them with dignity.”

He promised the hospital of the ministry’s support in ensuring that Zamfara people access care and halt unnecessary death in the state.

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