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Free Meningitis Vaccines Reportedly Stolen & Sold to Patients at N1,000 in Zamfara

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With a reported death toll of a total of 346 people and 3,145 infected since the outbreak of Cerebrospinal Meningitis in Zamfara, it is very sad to hear that the vaccines allocated to the Bungudu Local Council area of the state have been stolen.

Meningitis is an acute inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord caused by infection with viruses, bacteria or other microorganisms, and less commonly by certain drugs.

According to Vanguard, two officials – the local council’s Director of Health, Rabiu Dansadau and the Councillor of Health, Sanusi Umar have been ordered to produce the missing vaccines or be sanctioned.

The Chairman of the State Sub-Committee for the Procurement, Management and Distribution of Meningitis drugs and vaccines, Aliyu Kagara said on Monday in Bungudu that the committee had discovered massive diversion of the vaccines meant for the area when only 30 of the total of 400 I.V injections meningitis vaccines allocated to the area were accounted for.

The chairman said:

The two officials must return the drugs and offer a convincing explanation of what happened. So far, the affected officials have failed to give satisfactory explanations as to the whereabout of the remaining drugs. The patients had a week ago told Governor Abdulaziz Yari when he visited some meningitis isolation centres that they used their money to buy the drugs which were supposed to be free.

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, Professor Abdullahi Shinkafi to investigate the matter, while the State House of Assembly has also set up its own investigation committee.

The missing vaccines were also reported by social media users on Tuesday.

8 Comments

  1. Ghost

    April 19, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Can you imagine?? This is so pathetic!! People that steal at the expense of other people’s lives are just murderers ! How can a human be so low in his/her thinking! Greediness and selfishness in high and low places. The change we want can never come unless we change ourselves.

  2. Bay

    April 19, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    And their governor said it is as a result of fornication…..

  3. o

    April 19, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    We are our own worst enemies. Which way Nigeria???

  4. funmilola

    April 19, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    why should I be surprised?
    if relief materials meant for the people at IDP camps can be diverted at the expense of their well being…. vaccines can be sold too. all these setting up committee na long story

  5. Blackbeauty

    April 19, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Man’s inhumanity to man!

  6. Manny

    April 19, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    They set up two committees to find the missing vaccines. What a joke.

  7. Tony

    April 19, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Africans if we keep waiting for govt we will never evolve. We remain a backward and shameful continent. Let each of us make it a duty to act against thieves and horribly corrupt citizens. We talk the talk never walking the walk. We celebrate embezzlers and crucify petty thieves.

    Police are busy arresting supposed attendees of gay wedding when they should be hunting down thieves and murderers like this.

    Please my people no one wld change our countries for us. Europe and America that most have migrated to now fought and worked for the better society many enjoy. At the end of the day a Nigerian can live in UK for 100 years but wld never be considered truly English. Home needs us n govt wldnt change overnight.

  8. Adunnie

    April 19, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    I’m just tired of Nigeria ???

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