9th May, 2018
Zamfara government says it has vaccinated 1,738 corps members of the 2018 Batch A stream 1 of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) posted to the state against Cerebro-Spinal Meningitis (CSM).
Alhaji Abdullahi Gurbin-bore, the Chairman of the state NYSC Governing Board, disclosed this at the closing of the three-week orientation of the batch at the state NYSC orientation camp, Tsafe on Wednesday.
Gurbin-bore, who is also the Commissioner for Youths, Sport and Skill Acquisition, said Ministry of Health and the state NYSC management vaccinated the corps members of the batc to ensure their health.
“We experience serious miningitis outbreak last year, that is we came up with the vaccination to prevent the corps members from the disease, even though the disese has not affected any of our corps members.
“We really appreciate good response of the state Ministry of Health in this regard.
‘’Meningitis vaccine in not easy to get but with the much concern given by the Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Lawal Liman, the state government provided all the vaccines,” he said.
He assured the state government commitment to improve the general well being of corps members serving in the state.
“We have directed local governments, traditional rulers as well as heads of government parastatals in this state to receive corps members posted to their areas with honour and respect.”
He urged corps members to be dedicated, discipline and cooperative in their host communities, in order to have successful service year.
Earlier, the state NYSC Coordinator, Hajiya Walida Isa, said 1,738 corps members were posted to the state as 2018 Batch A, stream 1.
Isa said that out of the number, 1,168 were males and 570, females adding that all the corps members reported and concluded the orientation camp successfully.
She said, “We commend the state for working to improve the general welfare of the corps members serving in the state.
“The NYSC scheme under the leadership of Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Sulaiman Kazaure is coming with various initiatives to improve the scheme.” (NAN)
Health experts say meningitis is a serious and often deadly disease in which an outside layer of the brain or spinal cord becomes infected and swollen.