Oyo state has confirmed two cases of cerebrospinal meningitis

On Thursday, Oyo state health ministry confirmed that the meningitis outbreak ravaging various parts of the country has expanded to Ibadan and this has been confirmed by Dr Oyewole Lawal, Director of Public Health, Oyo State Ministry of Health.

Yesterday, he confirmed that there had been two suspected cases of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis in Ojoo, Akinyele Local Government Area. Lawal.

“Our Surveillance Committee has reported two patients in the Hausa Community of Ojoo area of Ibadan, who manifested some symptoms of cerebrospinal meningitis,” he said.

According to him, 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 Ojoor.

He revealed that 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.

He said that the state government had requested for vaccines from the Federal Ministry of Health.

“This is the appropriate body responsible for ordering and procuring vaccines for the treatment, prevention and management of communicable diseases,” he said.

But when those vaccines will arrive no one can say.

Follow our coverage of Nigeria’s meningitis outbreak by visiting healthnewsng.com/meningitis

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