Meningitis kills 20 in southern Angola

from Pan African News Agency
Published on 22 Oct 2002
Lubango, Angola (PANA) - At least 20 people are known to have died in 15 days from a spate of meningitis which has hit Sendi village in the Chipungo District of southern Angola. Medical sources said most of the victims were children.
According to the Director of Public Health and Endemic Diseases Control, a team of doctors from the National Vaccination Programme has moved to the affected zone to vaccinate the population in order to avoid further spread.

Director Avelino Muanecongo added that for this operation, they would count on UNICEF's support, which has already provided some vaccines. Sendi's health centre is lacking essential medicines to assist about 30,000 inhabitants there.

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