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JUST IN: Adamawa shuts schools over measles outbreak




The Adamawa State Government has ordered the immediate closure of all public and private schools in the state following the outbreak of measles. 

About 42 persons have died of measles in Mubi and Gombi local government areas of the state.

The directive to shut down schools was given on Monday. It is aimed at preventing the spread of the disease and enabling the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (PHCDA) to vaccinate the vulnerable age group.

Measles is a viral infection that’s serious for small children but is easily preventable by a vaccine. The disease spreads through the air by respiratory droplets produced from coughing or sneezing.

In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Aisha Umar, the ministry rescheduled the school resumption date to Monday, May 13, 2024.

The statement further directed all public and private schools to comply with the directive.

The government said it was taking the necessary measures to contain the disease and prevent further casualties.

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