there has been an outbreak of meningitis and whooping cough in the Jibia Locàl Government Area of Katsina State with no fewer than seven deaths already recorded. The deaths are from meningitis. The Jibia Local Government Area shares border with the neighbouring Niger Republic. Sources said the deaths were recorded at Jaja village in the Gangana ward of the local government. It was learnt that the seven dead were five males and two females while other persons affected, mainly children, were being treated at the Jaja Primary Health Centre. Health workers at the centre, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that after the seven deaths, many patients were brought to the centre for treatment. The workers said top officials of Jibia Local Government had paid condolence visits to the families of the dead. In another development, 104 persons, mainly children, are said to have been affected by whooping cough in Unngwar Kuka, Kaisemu and Danbarwa villages, also in the Jibia Local Government Area of the state. Sources at the council headquarters in Jibia said the council had mobilised personnel and drugs to the affected villages to curb the spread of the disease. The Chairman of the Katsina State Primary Health Board, Dr. Aliyu Muawuya, and the Commissioner for Health, Mariatu Bala-Usman, could not be reached for comments.