The Federal Government has donated 1.8 million vaccine doses of type “C” strain of meningitis to the Sokoto State Government.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal made this known at Dange town, headquarters of Dange/Shuni Local Government Area of the state when he launched the mass vaccination of two million people against Cerebro Spinal Meningitis, CSM.
Tambuwal, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Health, Balarabe Kakale, said that nearly two million people, aged between zero and 20 years would be targeted during the five-day exercise.
The governor said that the exercise was being conducted by over 300 teams of medical personnel across the 23 local government areas of the state.
He added that the vaccination would protect children from a myriad of diseases.
Tambuwal said: “The measure is aimed at ensuring that the current meningitis epidemic in the state is totally brought under control.
“The state of high alert declared by the Ministry of Health on March 20, across the state was still in force.
“We are however happy that the situation has been brought under control and the mortality rate has drastically reduced.”
Tambuwal commended the federal government, traditional rulers and religious leaders, as well as development partners for their sustained efforts at controlling the disease.
However, the governor cautioned residents of the state against sleeping in crowded and poorly ventilated rooms.
Tambuwal also called on parents to ensure that they participate in free routine immunisation against the six child killer diseases.