Reactive vaccination campaign curbs meningitis in Nigeria

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The NCDC (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control), on Thursday, announced that there has been decline in the outbreak of meningitis in the most affected states in the country.

According to Vanguard, the NCDC said the outbreak was now in 23 states, with a case fatality ratio of 8 percent.

The update was signed by the NCDC’s Technical Assistant, Communications, Dr. Lawal Bakare and explained that in the last two weeks, a fall had been recorded in the number of cases in the worst hit states, and Kebbi and Niger states recorded no deaths at all.

Dr. Lawal Bakare stated that reactive vaccination campaigns, led by the NPHCDA (National Primary Health Care Development Agency) were successfully carried out first in Zamfara state, and subsequently Sokoto, explaining that both state governments have fully engaged in conducting the campaigns in order to make sure that the vaccines get to those who are at high risk of contracting the disease.

Bakare noted that it was pleasing to see the high vaccination coverage achieved in communities targeted by the most recent campaign in Sokoto state and that the response to the campaign has been quite impressive as there was a high turnout of people at the vaccination centres in Zamfara and Sokoto states.

He also added that all hands were on deck to secure more vaccines for the country as another batch of vaccines are expected to arrive Nigeria in a few days.

The death toll from the meningitis outbreak has reached a total of 1,069 from 13,420 suspected cases as at May 9, 2017.

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Joan Obasi is a journalism intern working with HealthNewsNG.com in Lagos, Nigeria. She covers developments in the healthcare sector. She can be reached via joan@healthnewsng.com

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