Meningitis: Death toll rises to 745

The number of Nigerians that have died from the outbreak of Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) in the country has risen to 745.
According to a statement issued by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Wednesday, of the 8,057 cases so far recorded nationwide,  7,519, representing 93 per cent of cases have occurred in the five states – — Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi and Niger.
 As at Last week, the toll stood at 489, meaning that 256 cases have been recorded in one week.
 “Out of the total outbreaks, only 230, representing three per cent were laboratory confirmed,” stated the Technical Assistant on Communications at the NCDC, Dr. Lawal Bakare.
According to him, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and the NCDC continues to lead the Federal Government response to the outbreak, with activities focused on four key outbreak response and control areas. “These include raising awareness of the outbreak in communities, implementing enhanced surveillance to quickly detect and report new cases, vaccinating populations at the highest risk and treating persons diagnosed with the disease, as well as outbreak preparation in local government areas, LGAs, and states at risk for the outbreak.
“The NPHCDA successfully led vaccination in Zamfara and in Katsina, targeting persons between ages two to 29 years in the priority LGAs in both states.
“Preparations are at advanced stages for the next round of vaccination in priority wards and local government areas in Sokoto State.
“Distribution of medicines and other essential commodities to treat persons with meningitis in key affected states is also ongoing.”

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