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.