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Zamfara to two officials: Produce meningitis vaccines or be sanctioned

Two officials of Bungudu Local Government Area in Zamfara State have been ordered to produce the missing Meningitis vaccines allocated to the area or be sanctioned.
The affected officials are: the local council’s Director of Health, Rabiu Dansadau, and the Councillor of Health, Sanusi Umar.
The Chairman of the State Sub-Committee for the Procurement, Management and Distribution of Meningitis drugs and vaccines, Alhaji Aliyu Kagara, said on Monday in Bungudu that the committee had discovered massive diversion of the vaccines meant for the area.
He said a total of 400 IV injections meningitis vaccines were allocated to the area, but only 30 of the vaccines were accounted for.
Kagara said: “When the committee visited the local government it discovered that 30 persons were treated and there was no trace of the remaining 370 vaccines.
“The two officials must return the drugs and offer convincing explanation of what happened.”
The chairman said so far, the affected officials have failed to give satisfactory explanation as to the whereabout of the remaining drugs.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that patients had a week ago told Governor Abdulaziz Yari when he visited that some meningitis isolation centres they used their money to buy the drugs, which was supposed to be free.
NAN learnt that 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, Prof. Abdullahi Shinkafi, to investigate the matter, while the State House of Assembly has also set up its own investigation committee.
A total of 346 people have died of meningitis and 3,145 infected since the reported outbreak of the disease in Zamfara State.