About 1.3m meningitis vaccines had arrived in Abuja Federal Capital Territory, FCT of Nigeria from World Health Organisation. The decrease had killed about 328 children since November, 2016 as reported by The Federal Ministry of Health. The Health minister is collaborating with world organisations and other countries to provide more vaccines to Nigeria.
In a press statement released by the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole on Saturday, he assured Nigerians that the Ministry will by all means curtail the decrease which is rampard in the northern part of the country including Katsina, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Niger, Zamfara and Jigawa states as well as FCT.
“We have started working with the affected states on massive awareness and sensitisation, laboratory investigation and analysis, proper documentation and disease surveillance techniques.’’
“Through our initiatives, we have secured 500,000 doses of the meningococcal vaccines from WHO which will be used in Zamfara and Katsina states with additional 800,000 units from the British government .
“By next Tuesday, there will be a meeting with the International Review Group of the WHO, where request for additional vaccines shall be approved, as part of practical and medically certified efforts to stem this ugly incidence.’’ “We have been assured of millions of vaccine doses through other notable and international donor agencies.’’
“This new outbreak is from a suspected new strain of the bacterial disease, Meningitis Stereotype C, of which the vaccine is not commercially available in required quantities.
“The vaccine can only be shipped into the country by WHO only, if laboratory investigation confirms the existence of the strain type C.
“Government is advocating for prompt diagnosis and issued directive to all federal medical facilities and PHCs to treat all cases of meningitis free of charge.’’
The symptoms of the desease includes fever, severe, persistent headache, neck stiffness, difficulty to touch your chin to your chest because of pain, Nausea, vomiting, drowsiness/sluggishness, sensitive to bright light, poor appetite as well as seizure and coma.