By Asmau Ahmad
Dr Joshua Abubakar, on Friday advised members of the public to sleep in ventilated areas to avoid outbreak of meningitis. Abubakar told the News men in Gombe that the hot season might come with different ailments. According to him, the period may likely come with Cerebral Spinal Meningitis (CSM).
Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia, says: “Meningitis is an acute inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges.
“The inflammation may be caused by infection with viruses, bacteria, or other microorganisms, and less commonly by certain drugs.
“Meningitis can be life-threatening because of the inflammation’s proximity to the brain and spinal cord; therefore, the condition is classified as a medical emergency.”
Abubakar said that the risk was very high in areas where there was no good ventilation.
“People should always open their windows to pave way for cross ventilation.
“They should also avoid congestion, especially in the night when they want to sleep,” he advised.
The epidemiologist further enjoined people to drink enough water daily to avoid dehydration. Abubakar also urged school authorities to create adequate ventilation, especially in the schools with dome.