FG Public Advisory On Outbreak Of Meningitis
As the new strain of Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM), Neisseria Meningitides type C continues to spread in epidemic proportion for the first time in Nigeria, Federal Government has issued a public advisory urging key prevention mechanisms.
Among the prevention mechanisms advised by Health Minister, Prof Adewole are:
– Avoidance of overcrowding
– Sleeping in well ventilated places
– Avoidance of close and prolonged contact with a case/s
– Proper disposal of respiratory and throat secretions
– Strict observance of hand hygiene and sneezing into Elbow joint/sleeves
– Reduce hand shaking, kissing, sharing utensils or medical interventions
such as mouth resuscitation
– Vaccination with relevant sero-type of the meningococcal vaccine and
– Self-medication should be avoided.
Current Situation in Nigeria
As at Friday, March 31, Ninety (90) Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Sixteen (16) States of the Federation are so far affected including Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Nassarawa, Jigawa, FCT, Gombe, Taraba , Yobe, Kano, Osun, Cross Rivers, Lagos and Plateau have been affected by the new strain of CSM.
A total number of 2524 people have been reportedly affected while death toll has risen to 328 Deaths. So far, a total 131 samples have been confirmed in the Laboratory, out of which a majority are Neisseria Meningitides type C. This current outbreak started in Zamfara State in the 50th week of 2016 (i.e. November 2016) Actions so far taken:
Control team constituted to coordinate all responses aimed at controlling the outbreak.
Membership include FMOH, NCDC, NPHCDA, WHO and other partners (MSF, UNICEF, CDC and EHealth Africa):
– Coordination meetings hold regularly;
– All initial five States have commenced Emergency Operation Center EOC/EPR meeting;
– Mapping of resources at State level to identify ongoing activities.