As at April 17, 8,057 cases of meningitis have been reported across the country. 745 people are however, said to have died from the disease.
93 per cent of the cases were recorded in five states of Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi and Niger.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) gave the update in Abuja, yesterday.
The NCDC however disclosed that in an effort to increase awareness on the outbreak and coordinate response across states, the Northern traditional leaders Committee on Primary Health Care convened a meeting of governors and traditional leaders from all Northern states.
The meeting, the body noted, was held in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and its agencies, and international partners focused on strategies to end the outbreak.
According to the NCDC, “8,057 suspected cases of meningitis have been reported across the country; 230 (3%) were laboratory confirmed.
“A total of 745 deaths (9.2%) have been recorded. Of the 8,057 cases, 7,519 (93% of cases) have occurred in the five states that have reached outbreak levels for Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) serotype C.”
The body further noted that enhanced surveillance activities activated by several states in partnership with NCDC and partners have contributed to increased case finding and more timely reporting.
According to the statement, the NPHCDA successfully led vaccination in Zamfara and in Katsina targeting persons between ages 2 – 29 years in the priority LGAs in both states.
“Preparations are at advanced stages for the next round of vaccination in priority wards and local government areas in Sokoto State. Distribution of medicines and other essential commodities to treat persons with meningitis in key affected states is also ongoing,” it further disclosed.