Federal government has enough vaccines to combat Meningitis – Shuaib

Federal government has enough vaccines to combat Meningitis – Shuaib

The executive director of national primary Health care development agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, says the federal government has enough vaccines stop the spread of the Type C meningitis

Shuaib’s statement is however, contrary to the government’s earlier claim that it only had 500,000 vaccines currently in the country

The minister of health, Prof Isaac Adewole, says the federal government is on top of the situation

The outbreak of the Type C meningitis currently ravaging 21 states may soon be over, as the federal government has assured Nigerians that it has acquired enough vaccines to combat disease.

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The executive director of the national primary health care development agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, gave the assurance on Tuesday, April 11, in Kaduna at an emergency meeting of the northern traditional leaders committee on primary health care delivery and stakeholders on the CSM outbreak, Premium Times reports.

Shuaib said the government now has relatively enough vaccines to immunise members of the public, especially in states where there have been severe outbreak of the disease.

NAIJ.com learnt that assurance by the director of NPHCDA that the government now has enough vaccines is coming on the heels of earlier contrary statement by the government that it only had 500,000 vaccines currently in the country.

The meningitis outbreak has so far affected 130 local government areas in 21 states in Nigeria, with 4,637 suspected cases reported and 489 deaths recorded.

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Zamfara, the state most affected by the epidemic, had said it needs more than a million vaccines.

Meanwhile, the minister of health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has said the Type C meningitis outbreak took the federal and state governments by surprise.

Adewole made the disclosure on Monday, April 10, during the stakeholders’ meeting with the governor of Zamfara state, Abdul-Aziz Yari, and the meningitis and prevention and emergency response committee at the state government house, Gusau,

NAIJ.com learnt that the minister of health stated that the state and federal governments should have been more prepared to contain the outbreak.

Adewole however, emphasised that the federal government was on top of the situation.

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Source: Naija.ng

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