Chris Steven, Abuja
The Nigerian Prisons Service, NPS said it has vaccinated 29,163 prisoners against Cerebrospinal Meningitis, CSM in the 19 Northern States.
A statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Service, Francis Enobore revealed that the exercise was carried out in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA in response to the outbreak of the disease in some northern states of the country.
The benefiting states include Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and Kaduna. Others are Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara Nasarawa and Niger State. Also covered are Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara State.
The statement said the vaccination was also extended to members of staff of the Service and their families including civilians living in the neighbourhood of the Prisons.
It noted that the exercise was the first phase and is expected to cover Prison formations in all the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory.
Enobore said other management initiatives designed to protect Prisoners against communicable diseases have also been up-scaled particularly in Prisons prone to health challenges due to inmates’ congestion.
According to him, no Prisoner was lost to Cerebro-Spinal Meningitis outbreak.