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Meningitis Deaths Rise to 745
Date Posted: 20/Apr/2017
The ongoing meningitis epidemic has claimed 745 lives as at Monday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said.
 
That’s more than 300 additional deaths in the last two weeks.
 
Some 8,057 cases suspected to be meningitis have been reported across the country.
 
Of the 8,057 cases, 7,519 have occurred in the five states that have reached outbreak levels for Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) serotype C--Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi and Niger, according to NCDC.
 
Enhanced surveillance in several states in partnership with NCDC and partners has helped find and report more cases.
 
The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) coordinated mass vaccination for 2-29-year-olds in Katsina and Zamfara, where the outbreak started.
 
Similar vaccination was planned for Sokoto, while distribution of medicines continued.
 
The incident manager, Dr John Oladejo, who heads the centre, said, “We are grateful to all Rapid Response Team members, including government agency and partner staff, who have remained at their different field posts, through the Easter period working on this outbreak response and control.” 
 
By Judd-Leonard Okafor
Daily Trust News

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