Sunday 22nd October, 2017
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No death from meningitis in Lagos, says commissioner

No death from meningitis in Lagos, says commissioner

Lagos State Commission­er for Health, Jide Idris, has described as false, media reports alleging that two deaths attributed to men­ingitis have been recorded the state.
Speaking yesterday while reviewing the activities of the state government with regards to curtailing and controlling the spread of the meningitis epidemic, Idris said that the report is false and capable of causing undue panic among the citizenry.
“The report carried by some newspapers and online platforms is untrue and does not represent the reality of the situation in Lagos State as at today”, he said.
Idris also disclosed that though the Disease Surveil­lance Notification Officer, Lagos Island Local Govt reported 9 suspected cases of meningitis from Massey Street Children Hospital in Week 13 of this year with two deaths, none of these was con­firmed as due to the causative agent of Cerebrospinal Men­ingitis (CSM).
The Health Commissioner, however, explained that there are two main types of men­ingitis. He stated that the epidemic prone meningitis which is referred to as Cere­bro-spinal meningitis (CSM) is caused by a bacterium called Neisseria Meningitidis and its occurrence is seasonal or cyclical depending on the level of herd immunty and cli­matic conditions.
The second type of menin­gitis, he said, is Non-Epidemic Meningitis, explaining that this type of meningitis is usu­ally caused by a virus or other bacteria, but not by Neisseria Meningitis, adding that the Non-Epidemic Meningitis oc­curs without any seasonal pat­tern or periodicity.

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