Nigeria records 8,057 cases of meningitis, 745 deaths – FG

Nigeria records 8,057 cases of meningitis, 745 deaths – FG
April 20 14:05 2017

The Federal Government has said  there have been 8,057 cases of Cerebrospinal Meningitis and 745 deaths in the country since the outbreak of the disease.

The government added that the worst hit states remain Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi and Niger.

According to a statement by the Technical Assistant, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Lawal Bakare, the federal government is collaborating with state governors and traditional rulers to nip the disease in the bud.

“As of April 17, 2017 (Monday), 8,057 suspected cases of meningitis had been reported across the country; 230 (3 per cent) were laboratory confirmed.

“A total of 745 deaths (9.2 per cent) have been recorded.

“Of the 8,057 cases, 7,519 (93 per cent of cases) have occurred in the five states that have reached outbreak levels for CSM serotype C.”

“At the national level and in the affected states, activities aimed at driving information in the grassroots, including advocacy meetings with religious leaders, civil society organisations, health professionals, entertainers and media organisations, continue.

“The National Primary Health Care Development Agency successfully led vaccination in Zamfara and in Katsina states targeting persons between ages two and 29 years in the priority Local Government Areas in both states.

“Preparations are at advanced stages for the next round of vaccination in priority wards and local government areas in Sokoto State,” the statement read in part.