The Lagos State Government has faulted the Federal Government of Nigeria for the continued rise in the Meningitis outbreak death toll. The state government also denied the claims by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control’s (NCDC’s) that two persons died from the outbreak in the state.
This reaction has come barely 24hrs after the NCDC, said that death toll from the disease outbreak has increased to 438 across 19 states of the Federation and the number of suspected cases had skyrocketed from 2,997 to 3,959.
Responding to the NCDC claims, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris, stressed that the claim was never a reflection of the state of affairs in Lagos State. He said.
“We have two suspected cases. And the reason we tagged them as suspected cases is because they are yet to be certified as having the disease. It is until the results of samples sent to the laboratory confirm them that we can tag them as such.”
Idris further explained that the two cases were currently admitted, with one at Mercy Hospital, Lagos Island, and another at a private hospital (name withheld), where they are currently receiving treatment.
The NCDC, in a statement made available to newsmen by its Spokesman, Lawal Bakare, explained that the increase in number of cases was due to intensified case-finding going on in the affected states.
NCDC stressed that of the three cases recorded in Lagos, two have died while the other was still under monitoring.