- The current Tpe C strain of meningitis began in the northern part of Nigeria with Zamfara state being the worst hit
- The disease seems to be spreading to other parts of the country as Oyo state says it has detected two cases
There is palpable fear among residents in the southwestern Nigeria over reports that the Type C meningitis has been confirmed in Oyo state with two detected cases.
NAIJ.com reports that in Zamfara state, the meningitis has reportedly killed over 200 while the federal ministry of Health says at least 336 people have died across Nigeria as a result.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dr Oyewole Lawal, the director of public health in the Oyo state ministry of Health, confirmed the two suspected cases of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM) in Ojoo, Akinyele local government area.
“Our surveillance committee has reported two patients in the Hausa mommunity of Ojoo area of Ibadan, who manifested some symptoms of CSM.
“The two suspects arrived Ibadan from the Northern part of the country and they manifested some symptoms of CSM.
“We have beefed-up tracking and increased surveillance efforts in all primary healthcare centres at the local government levels, secondary healthcare level and all the private hospitals around Ojoo.
“Oyo state government is making spirited efforts to ensure that officers at the Disease Notification and Surveillance Unit are working assiduously to monitor the suspects.
“As soon as we get the alert from the state office, we will immediately alert the Disease Notification and Surveillance officers in the 33 local government areas of the state.
“I can say that Oyo state is fully equipped and ready to prevent or curb the scourge of any outbreak of meningitis in the state,” he said.
Explaining that there was collaboration between the state ministry of Health, Disease Control Unit and all the 33 local government health offices, Lawal added: “We hold meetings every first week of the month where we analyse reports from these local governments.
“The local government officer concerned usually sends alerts to us at the Ministry of Health, we in turn inform the National Centre for Disease Control, a unit in the Federal Health Ministry.
“The Federal Ministry then alerts the WHO office and presidency at the same time. So, we are on top of events in Oyo state.”
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