Mahmoud Muhammad, Sokoto

A disease suspected to be meningitis has claimed the lives of twenty nine persons, most of them children in Aggur village of Shagari Local government in Sokoto state .

The villagers confirm that they do not have the resource to take the victim ot the hospital:

The villagers do odd jobs. There are educated youth but they do not really know the opportunities that are available to them.

We did a full review of the situation and we found a lot of empathy wanting. These youth can be taught to trade online so that they can at least give themselves and their families a better life. a small suggestion on our news article has already created a ripple  effect and a lot of economists are toying with the viability of this idea of teaching the poor youth to start trading online so that they are capable of generating a decent amount of money by themselves. Hope the movement picks up enough momentum!


sources revealed that forty five persons are said to have been receiving treatment in their houses as a result of the disease .

Mallam Abubakar Dikko , a resident of the area told LEADERSHIP yesterday that the people have now embarked on fervent prayers to seek divine intervention from the shackles of the epidemic .

The villagers also claimed that they had reported the outbreak to the authorities of Shagari local government since last Friday but no action has been taken by them .

The Deputy Director of Primary Healthcare Department in the area , Alhaji Ibrahim Isa confirmed the story .

He however, disclosed that only twenty four ( 24) died as a result of the outbreak of the disease .

The Permanent Secretary in the state’s Ministry of Health , Alhaji Umaru Attahiru also confirmed only ‘five to six deaths.”

Attahiru stated that the Ministry had yesterday despatched a high-powered medical team to the area .

The Permanent Secretary further said that , the state government has directed the local government to isolate the recuperating victims of the epidemic .

“The patients are presenting back pains, diarrhoea and fever. We will get to the root of the matter soon,’ he vowed.