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Adamawa closes schools over measles outbreak

Public and private schools in Adamawa state has been shut, this is due to the outbreak of measles in the State.

The closure notice was contained in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Aisha Umar, in Yola on Monday.

Umar said the closure was to mitigate the spread of the disease and to enable the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA) to vaccinate the vulnerable age group.

The ministry, therefore, announced Monday, May 13, 2024, as a new resumption date for the school.

“In view of the above, all public and private schools are hereby directed to close down accordingly, please,” the statement said.

At least 42 children have been confirmed dead following the outbreak of the disease in the state.

Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Mr. Felix Tangwami, said the cases were recorded in vaccine non-compliant communities of the state.

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Tangwami noted that 23 people died in Mubi North LGA, while 19 died of the disease in Gombi LGA of the State.

Measles is a highly contagious, airborne virus that mostly affects children under the age of five.

It can be prevented by two doses of vaccine.

Its early symptoms include high fever, cough and runny nose. It also often causes rashes and bumps all over the body of the patient.

Theresa Arike
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