No fewer than 15 health workers in Zamfara State have been infected with the Type C meningitis in Skinkafi and Zumi local government areas of the state. The two local governments are among the worst hit by the epidemic, which has infected over 3,000 persons and killed over 350 since December 2016.
Zamfara, Sokoto and Katsina states are the most affected states, with Zamfara State alone recording over 200 deaths from the disease’s outbreak in the last few months. In separate visits to some hospitals in Shinkafi and Zumi by one of our correspondents, it was gathered that about 15 health workers had contracted the disease during the treatment of patients.
Some of the health workers who spoke with Saturday PUNCH said they got infected from treating victims of the disease without proper safety measures. One of the affected workers, who pleaded anonymity because of fear of victimisation, said the hospital facilities were overstretched and that they did not have enough personnel to handle the number of patients that came for treatment.