Adamawa confirms 42 dead in measles outbreak, shuts all primary, secondary schools

The Adamawa State Government on Monday shut down primary and secondary schools following confirmation of a measles outbreak that killed 42 children.

On April 28, 2024, SaharaReporters reported how at least 42 children had been reportedly killed in an outbreak of measles in the northeast Nigerian state.

SaharaReporters learnt that the disease outbreak was recorded in the Mubi North and Gombi local government areas of the state.

Confirming the outbreak, the state Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Felix Tangwami said all the 21 local government areas of the state, except Lamurde had been put on alert.

He said, “The outbreak was recorded in eight wards in Mubi and seven wards in Gombi local government areas of the state with the death toll of 42 out of 131 and 177 respectively of the affected persons.”

The Commissioner of Education and Human Capital Development, Dr. Umar Garba Pella, confirmed the closure of schools to SaharaReporters on Monday.

He said, “Yes, we have ordered the closure of all schools – whether public or private at secondary and primary levels.”

“This order which takes immediate effect will last for one week as we monitor the situation,” Pella added.