President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday condoled with the families of the victims of the cerebro spinal meningitis (CSM) which has led to the deaths of 41 people in Sokoto State.
Buhari spoke through Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto, when he led a team on a condolence visit to areas affected by the outbreak in Danchadi village and surrounding areas in Bodinga Local Government Area of the state.
“Our leader and President, Muhammadu Buhari, has asked me to condole with all of you over the outbreak of the disease in your localities.
“He has also asked me to tell you that everything is being done to contain the outbreak and ensure it does not occur again.
“Health officials have been deployed to affected areas and they have been working round the clock to ensure your safety.
“We urge you to follow their instructions and at the same time cooperate with them as we tackle this challenge,” he said.
According to him, more than 700,000 people will be immunised by the state government against the Type C strain of the virus in the 23 local government areas of the state.
He said immunisation of children against child-killer diseases like measles, yellow fever and others were being intensified, even as officials from affected states are comparing notes to ensure coordinated efforts across borders.
He therefore commended officials of the federal and state ministries of health as well as development partners for their efforts in tackling the challenge.