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Zamfara Officials In Trouble Over Missing Meningitis Vaccine

18 April 2017 News

Two officials of Bungudu Local Council in Zamfara have been ordered to produce the missing Meningitis vaccines allocated to the area or be sanctioned.

The affected officials are the Local Council’s Director of Health, Rabiu Dansadau and the Councilor of Health, Sanusi Umar.

The Chairman of the State Sub-Committee for the Procurement, Management and Distribution of Meningitis drugs and vaccines, Alhaji Aliyu Kagara said on Monday in Bungudu that the Committee had discovered massive diversion of the vaccines meant for the area.

He said that a total of 400 I.V injections meningitis vaccines was allocated to the area, but only 30 of the vaccines were accounted for.

The Chairman said that, so far, the affected officials have failed to give satisfactory explanation as to the whereabout of the remaining drugs.

Newsmen report that patients had a week ago told Gov. Abdulaziz Yari when he visited some meningitis isolation centres that they used their money to buy the drugs which was supposed to be free.
It was learnt that patients pay up N1,000 per vaccine, to get treated.

The Governor has already set up a Committee under the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Abdullahi Shinkafi to investigate the matter, while the State House of Assembly has also set up its own investigation Committee.

A total of 346 people have died of meningitis and 3,145 infected since the reported outbreak of the disease in Zamfara.

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