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Measles: Nigerian Red Cross recruits volunteers in Katsina


The Nigerian Red Cross Society in Katsina has engaged 201 volunteers to assist in locating and reporting those with cases of measles and other five-related diseases in seven local government areas of the state currently having security challenges.



The other five diseases are yellow fever, cholera, polio, tetanus, and meningitis.



The NRCS Secretary in Katsina, Mallam Bala Useini, made the disclosure on Sunday during a meeting with various stakeholders in the affected local government areas.



He identified the affected councils as Sabuwa, Danmusa, Faskari, Safana, Jibia, Batsari and Kankara.



Useini explained that because of security challenges in the affected councils, many cases of the diseases had not been reported for early treatment.



He explained that the volunteers were picked from the councils because they were from the areas and had better knowledge of terrain in the councils.



He said “Every volunteer is supposed to submit community-based surveillance of such diseases on weekly and monthly basis. There should be regular sensitisation of the community informants by the Red Cross volunteers. A Red Cross volunteer should visit all community informants in his/her areas of responsibility within two weeks.
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