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Measles Outbreak Claims 42 Lives in Adamawa State, Nigeria; Government Shuts Down Schools

42 dead as measles outbreak hits Adamawa State
42 dead as measles outbreak hits Adamawa State

Adamawa State faces a tragic outbreak of measles, resulting in the loss of at least 42 young lives.

The state government has taken decisive action by closing all primary and secondary schools in response to the crisis.

According to reports from Newsmen, the measles outbreak primarily struck the Mubi North and Gombi local government areas of Adamawa State. The Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Felix Tangwami, confirmed the devastating toll, with 42 fatalities among the affected children.

The outbreak has prompted swift measures from state authorities. Dr. Umar Garba Pella, the Commissioner of Education and Human Capital Development, verified the closure of all schools, both public and private, at the primary and secondary levels.

This precautionary measure aims to contain the spread of the disease and protect the student population.

Dr. Tangwami emphasized the urgency of the situation, revealing that the outbreak has affected multiple wards across the state. While efforts are underway to mitigate the crisis, the government remains vigilant, with all but one local government area on high alert.

The closure of schools is set to remain in effect for one week, allowing authorities to assess the situation’s evolution and implement necessary measures to safeguard public health.

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