More Nigerians Die Of Meningitis

A child receiving meningitis vaccination.

The National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)  recently revealed that no fewer than 1,166 persons have died of cerebrospinal meningitis across 25 states in the country.

The EOC was established by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) and some partner organisations.

The report, indicated that over 14,518 have been affected, but that there had been a decline in the outbreak.

According to the statement: “The outbreak has been in constant decline for eight weeks and the affected states have recorded fewer new cases. In the last four weeks, no local government area has reached outbreak alert threshold.”

The centre’s claim was however contradicted by another report by the NCDC that there are more cases of meningitis today than last month “As at May 9th 2017, 13,420 suspected cases had been reported from 23 states with 1,069 deaths, giving a case fatality ratio of eight per cent.”

The Chief Executive Officer of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the planning process to prevent future outbreaks has begun.

Ihekweazu said the laboratory capacity has also been improved upon with the recent operationalisation of the new National Reference Laboratory in Gaduwa, Abuja.


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