The Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre for Disease Control
(NCDC), Dr. Chikezie Ihekweazu, listed the states most affected to
include Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina and Niger.
National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed that no fewer
than 328 persons have died in the latest outbreak of meningitis in
different parts of Nigeria.
The disease, he said, has spread to 16 out of the 36 states. At least five people have died in Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“We have about 2,524 cases across the country and exactly 131 of
those have been confirmed, (laboratory confirmed) for meningitis and
there have been 328 deaths,” he said.
According to him, the outbreak started in Zamfara before it spread to
other states. Children undergoing vaccination against meningitis in
Nigeria. He however stated that the NCDC has been working very hard with
the state government, the National Primary Health Care Development
Agency, the Ministry of Health, as well as the World Health Organisation
and UNICEF, to curb the menace and according to him, much progress has
been made so far.
Meanwhile, Mr Ihekweazu stated that there are a lot of things that
individuals can do to protect themselves in the short term. He explained
that bacterial meningitis affects the brain and the spinal cord and it
is actually transmitted through person to person contact from sneezing,
coughing, or even living in crowded conditions.
He therefore advised that individuals should be mindful of their
personal hygiene while also adding that if they cannot avoid
overcrowding then they should ensure that their homes are well
Nigeria is expecting vaccine supply from the World Health Organisation and the United Kingdom.