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Nobody Died of Meningitis in Lagos, Says State Govt

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Cris De Lacerda | 11 Abril, 2017, 08:05

As at April 5, 2016, 3,959 suspected cases have been reported as part of the current outbreak, of which 181 cases have been laboratory-confirmed.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there had been an outbreak of the diseases in neighbouring states that claimed several lives.

The latest figures from the Federal Government and worldwide agencies indicate that Lagos State has three cases of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM) and two deaths from one local council.

He further revealed that though all the nine cases presented with clinical features of meningitis at the said hospital, but that laboratory tests proved that they were either due to Haemophilus influenza or Streptococcus pneumoniae and not Neisseria meningitis. The second type of meningitis is Non Epidemic Meningitis.

"The epidemic prone meningitis which is referred to as Cerebro-spinal meningitis (CSM) is caused by a bacteria called Neisseria Meningitidis and its occurrence is seasonal or cyclical depending on the level of herd immunity and climatic conditions". This type of meningitis is usually caused by a virus or other bacteria, but not by Neisseria Meningitidis.

"In response to the recent outbreak of Meningitis C in some states in Nigeria, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Cosntrol (NCDC) in support to the Zamfara State Government, has commenced a mass vaccination exercise", NCDC said.

"The Non-epidemic meningitis occurs without any seasonal pattern or periodicity", Idris was quoted as saying. More campaigns are planned in other States in the near future.

"It is strongly advised for people to avoid overcrowding in living quarters, provide cross ventilation in sleeping and work-rooms and other places where many people come together and get vaccinated with CSM vaccine when you are travelling to areas where Meningitis outbreaks have been reported", he added. In Zamfara State, there has been a massive turnout recorded in the target Local Government Areas.

"There is no need to panic; we will continue with our surveillance activities, constantly review our records and brief the public from time to time".

"We ensured that the state is prepared to respond to any outbreak, especially bearing in mind that we share borders with Niger Republic and the increased population movement, as well as the large concentration of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)".