Thirty-three persons have died from Cerebrol Spinal Meningitis in Niger State, according to a new report from the state.
According to Yahaya Na’uzo, executive director of the state Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPCDA), disclosed that nine persons died from the type C meningitis while the remaining 24 died of the type A and B since the outbreak of the disease.
Na’uzo said that the disease is being controlled in Magama, Agwara, Rijau, Kontagora local government areas.
“We now have fewer cases reported per day because communities have been sensitised to report to the nearest hospital as soon as they suspect any case of meningitis,” he said.
“People have been educated to quickly report to the nearest hospital once they experience symptoms such as fever, vomiting and stiffness of the neck.
“With this, more people have been coming and the situation has stabilised as no more high report of confirmed cases.”
Na’uzo said the agency is expecting medicines from international communities and a round of vaccination will commence immediately they receive the Type C meningitis vaccines.
Inmates and staff in Bauchi prisons have been vaccinated to curb the spread of meningitis in the state.
Chairman of the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Mr. Adamu Gamawa, made this disclosure on Thursday, noting that the vaccination was part of the preventive measures taken to contain the spread of the disease and prevent an outbreak in the prisons.
1,400 inmates and 240 staff in Bauchi prisons received the vaccination against Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM).
Mr. Gamawa said the prison section is a priority for vaccination due to its potential for the spread of the disease as a result of congestion.
He said that the agency will be vaccinating more facilities of a similar nature and is expecting more vaccines to cater to that need.
Death toll from meningitis continue to increase across Nigeria in the past few weeks with Zamfara recording the highest casualties.
At least 269 people have died from the disease with Zamfara accounting for 80 of those cases. Alhaji Suleiman Gummi, Commissioner for Health in Zamfara State, confirmed that 80 people had lost their lives as a result of the disease while about 500 others are receiving treatment across the 14 local government areas in the state.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control confirmed the 269 deaths from meningitis, with 1,828 suspected cases in 15 states across the country. The death record from meningitis in 2016 was 33, according to the NCDC.
Meningitis is an airborne contagious disease that can be transmitted through kisses, sneezes, and coughs. It is an inflammation of the tissue surrounding the brain and spinal cord and can be caused by viral or bacterial infections.
The NCDC said it is working with the World Health Organisation, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) to bring the disease under control.