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Meningitis: FG confirms 328 deaths, acquires 500,000 doses of vaccine from WHO

(Last Updated On: April 4, 2017)

 

By Gbenga Gbelee

The Federal Ministry of Health has confirmed 328 deaths from 2,524 persons infected with Cerebrospinal Meningitis, (CSM) in 99 local government areas across 16 states of the country.

The Federal Government has therefore announced acquisition of 500,000 doses of vaccine from the World Health Organisation to fight against the spread of Meningitis, (CSM) in the country.

According to the minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, another 800,000 units of the vaccine are expected from the British government to tackle the outbreak in Zamfara and Katsina states.

The Minister, through a statement said there would be a meeting with the International Review Group of the World Health Organisation to request approval for additional vaccines to fight the spread.

Prof Adewole noted that his ministry is working with all the affected states in specific areas of collaboration on massive awareness and sensitization, laboratory investigation and analysis, proper documentation and disease surveillance techniques through the National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and National Primary Health Care Development Authority, NPHCDA, which have been of tremendous support since the outbreak of Cerebrospinal

Meningitis.