FG announces Nigeria meningitis free after 1,166 deaths

FG announces Nigeria meningitis free after 1,166 deaths

- Nigeria has been declared free from the ‘Type C’ deadly epidemic of Cero Spinal Meningitis (CSM)

- 1,166 people have died since the outbreak of Cero Spinal Meningitis (CSM) in December, 2016

- No Local Government Area has reached outbreak alert threshold in the last 4 weeks

After a “constant decline for eight weeks" the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has declared Nigeria free from the ‘Type C’ deadly epidemic of Cero Spinal Meningitis (CSM).

According to a report by Sahara Reporters, NCDC stepped down the Emergency Operations Centre battling the outbreak after it said the most affected states have recorded much fewer new cases.

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NCDC chief executive officer Chikwe Ihekweazu in a statement said: “In the last four weeks, no Local Government Area has reached outbreak alert threshold. While NCDC has stepped down the emergency response, the work never stops – we will continue to work 24/7 to ensure the protection of all Nigerians against infectious disease threats.”

A total 14,518 suspected cases of meningitis were reported from 25 states since it began in Zamfara in December, 2016 however a total of 1,166 have died in the epidemic.

Millions were immunized in the reactive vaccination campaigns in Zamfara, Sokoto, Yobe and Katsina States.

According to the center national guidelines towards responding to future outbreaks are being developed together with ongoing continuous awareness campaigns, keeping the general public informed. Workshops to improve preparedness are also being organized.

Earlier, Naij.com reported that NCDC said that up to 1,158 people have died since the outbreak of cerebrospinal meningitis in December, 2016.

This number is up from 1,114 reported at the end of May.

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Tthe three states affected the most by the meningitis scourge are Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto; within which 24 local government areas remain on either “alert” or “epidemic” status.

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Source: Naija.ng

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