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Meningitis outbreak: Death toll hits 1,069 in 23 states

Meningitis outbreak: Death toll hits 1,069 in 23 states

According to reports from the Federal Ministry of health, there have been 13,420 cerebrospinal meningitis cases and 1,069 deaths recorded in 23 states across the Federation.

The report also noted that efforts by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had led to the decline of Meningitis cacses in some states.

Technical Assistant in the NCDC, Dr. Lawal Bakare, in a statement promised that the Federal Government and its partners would continue to work to reduce the effect of the current meningitis outbreak in the affected communities. He said,

“Planning has already started to prevent future outbreaks and ensure better preparedness. As of May 9, 2017, 13,420 suspected cases of meningitis have been reported from 23 states with 1,069 deaths, giving a case fatality ratio of eight per cent.

“In the previous two weeks, the most affected states (Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina and Kebbi) have all recorded a drop in number of cases. Kebbi and Niger states reported zero deaths over this period.

“Reactive vaccination campaigns, led by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, were successfully conducted first in Zamfara State and subsequently in Sokoto State.

“Efforts at securing more vaccines for the country are continuing with another batch of vaccines expected to arrive in Nigeria in the next few days, just as mobilising vaccines for other affected states continues to be a priority.”

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