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Meningitis claims 745 persons, 8,057 cases recorded - NCDC

Meningitis claims 745 persons, 8,057 cases recorded - NCDC

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.

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