Children are the worst hit in the outbreak of meningitis in Zamfara State as hospitals and health care centres in the state struggle to keep up with the rising number of cases.
In the centres our correspondent visited on Saturday in the state capital, Gusau, several meningitis patients, especially children, lay on bare floors outside the premises of hospital wards, which have run out of bed-spaces.
Several health workers told SUNDAY PUNCH that the primary health centres in the state were overwhelmed due to the outbreak, noting that cases have continued to rise owing to a combination of factors, including the lack of bed spaces at the centres and general hospitals, lack of facilities and shortage of medical personnel to handle the outbreak in the state.
A child infected with meningitis being taken into the primary health care centrein Zurmi LGA, Zamfara /Arukaino Umukoro/Punch
Ali “I cannot speak to you on the issue without an authorisation from the state ministry of health to do so. The directive has to come from the director of public health.” Continue from Punch