Meningitis death toll now 489 –Adewole

As the current outbreak of cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) in Nigeria is fast assuming epidemic proportions, health care professionals are now focusing on efforts at containing the outbreak of new infections and the spread of disease. Although, the health condition that is common in the African meningitis belt of which many northern states fall into, southern Nigerian states are also experiencing the outbreak. The states that are worst hit are Zamfara, Katsina, Niger and Kebbi. Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole disclosed that CSM has so far killed at least 489 people….

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Meningitis kills 33 in Niger

The Executive Director of the Niger State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPCDA), Dr Yahaya Na’uzo, yesterday confirmed that 33 people had died from the Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM) in Niger State out of 116 suspected cases recorded. Na’uzo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) 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. He said the disease was being contained in Magama, Agwara, Rijau, Kontagora Local Government Areas. “We now have…

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Before Lassa fever, meningitis get out of hand

No doubt, the nation’s health sector is battling with many challenges. These range from inadequate equipment, brain-drain, incessant strikes and incidence of fake and adulterated drugs, among others. It is because of these identified problems that concerted efforts should be made to ensure that potential outbreaks of Lassa fever and meningitis diseases are vehemently curtailed, because of the low capacity and capability of the nation to control such emergencies, if they ever occur. We recall that in 2016, Lassa fever ravaged many states of the country. Since then, the nation…

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Don charges lab scientists on HIV/AIDS vaccine

A Professor from the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences at the University of Jos, Prof. Festus Chukwuemeka Onwuliri has charged Nigerian Medical Laboratory scientists to develop new Vaccine Prevention Strategies for HIV/AIDS. According to him, vaccine has a number of key advantages over the present HIV prevention options. Professor Onwuliri stated these recently during a five-day workshop and Training on HIV, blood products and Vaccine production Medical Laboratory Scientist Perspective held at the Federal School of Lab. Technology Sciences Jos. “Vaccination is among the cost effective health invention programmes, but…

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Curtailing the meningitis scourge

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on March 30, raised the alarm over the outbreak of the highly contagious Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) which, then, had claimed 282 people. Deaths, through the disease, were recorded in five states viz: Zamfara (44), Katsina (32), Sokoto (19), Kebbi (10) and Niger (4). Cerebrospinal Meningitis, a recurring sickness in the North, has now become a national scourge, claiming over 336 people all over the federation this year alone. The affected areas include Yobe, Cross River, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and some parts of…

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Meningitis outbreak: Death toll rises to 438

Defence Ministry donates vaccines to 500 children in Zamfara The death toll from Cerebra meningitis outbreak in parts of the country has risen to 438, up from 336 earlier in the week, according to the National Center for Disease Control. The center said in a statement on Saturday that the death toll is 11 per cent of all the cases so far reported across 19 of Nigeria’s 36 states and the capital Abuja. “As on April 5, 2016, 3,959 suspected cases have been reported as part of the current outbreak,…

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Yari and his changing meningitis narratives

A few days ago, I watched a documentary on Indonesia on National Geography, a television station on DSTV. One of Indonesia’s reactions and perhaps the most important to the devastating earthquake that claimed over 200,000 lives in 2004, 95 in 2016 and destroyed properties worth million of dollars was the establishment of special security forces, which patrol every nook and cranny of the most populous Islamic country in the world to ensure that people do not engage in nefarious and sinful activities that can make them incur the wrath of…

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