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1069 deaths, 13,420 meningitis cases recorded in Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDS), Thursday, published a report on the Meningitis outbreak in the country on its website.

The report titled “Epidemic Curve of CSM Outbreak in Nigeria as at May 9, 2017”. The report shows that the presence of vaccines has led to a decline in the outbreak cases.

1,069 deaths and 13,420 suspected cases have been recorded between December 13, 2016, and May 8, 20017.

Persons between age 9-12 were more affected while the epidemic took its worst hit between epi- week 14 and 15 of its outbreak while 23 states and 211 local government areas have recorded cases of the epidemic. Zamfara, Sokoto, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi and Yobe are the most affected states.

“In the last four weeks (Epi-week 15-18), 48 Local Government Areas (LGAs) have reached alert/epidemic threshold in six States Zamfara, Sokoto, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi and Yobe.

“Technical teams still supporting coordination and response activities in the most affected states.

“First batch of the medical team deployed to Zamfara and Sokoto States on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The team is supporting case management and surveillance activities in these most affected states.

“Second ICG request for Zamfara state has been approved; delivery of 694,065 polysaccharide vaccine doses expected.

“The government of Nigeria continues to work with global health partners to mobilize additional vaccines, procure laboratory and other supplies to assist with the ongoing response.”


Solomon Obende
Solomon Obende is a graduate of Public Administration from the prestigious Ambrose Alli University who is passionate about communications for development. He is proficient in crafting effective social media strategies. He listens to Jimmy Cliff's songs daily.

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