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Adamawa Govt closes public, private schools over outbreak of measles

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Adamawa Govt closes public, private schools over outbreak of measles

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The government of Adamawa state has closed down public and private schools following the outbreak of measles in the State.

The closure notice was contained in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Aisha Umar, in Yola on Monday.

Umar said the closure was to mitigate the spread of the disease and to enable the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA) to vaccinate the vulnerable age group.

The ministry, therefore, announced Monday, May 13, 2024, as a new resumption date for the school.

“In view of the above, all public and private schools are hereby directed to close down schools accordingly, please,” the statement said.

At least 42 children have been confirmed dead following the outbreak of the disease in the state

Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Mr Felix Tangwami, said the cases were recorded in vaccine non-compliant communities of the state.

Tangwami noted that 23 people died in Mubi North LGA and 19 died of the disease in Gombi LGA of the State.