Nigeria Centre Of Disease Control Says Meningitis Kills Fifty-Six In Nigeria
Written by Olarotimi Oshin on October 7, 2022
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), says 56 deaths have been recorded in 32 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) this year resulting from 961 cases of suspected Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM).
Making the revelation on Thursday, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, the Director-General of NCDC, in a statement, explained that the organisation had continued to work with affected States to improve surveillance given the underreporting of cases with the support of partners.
According to the Director-General, to strengthen preparedness, detection and response to meningitis outbreaks, the centre also executed strategic prevention and control activities.
Dr. Adetifa stated further that CSM remained a priority disease and ever-present public health threat in several countries worldwide despite significant progress in surveillance, diagnostic capacity and vaccine development over the last few years and noted that the NCDC joined the global community to launch a global roadmap to defeat meningitis by 2030 on behalf of Nigeria.
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