The Federal Government says it has deployed epidemiologists and vaccines to arrest the outbreak of a new strain of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM) in some parts of the country.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole who announced this on Thursday in Abuja said the new strain, was imported from Niger Republic.
Adewole said that the new strain requires a different type of vaccine and a team of epidemiologists have been deployed to address the challenge.
He described the outbreak of meningitis in Sokoto and Zamfara states as an unfortunate incidence, stressing that the ministry is working hard to contain the situation.
It has become an annual ritual under this administration; we would want to put an end to annual outbreak of meningitis in some of the northern states.
I have just spoken with the commissioner for health in Zamfara who is appreciative of what the Federal Ministry of Health has been doing through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
We have sent field epidemiologists; they are actually called disease detectives, to support them at the state level.
What we know in public health is that there is always an outbreak, but what is uncertain is where and the type.
We want to be ready at any time.
Adewole said he has scheduled a meeting with the commissioners of health from the Northern states to plan a strong strategy to put an end to meningitis outbreak in the country.
While calling for more vigilance, the minister appealed to Nigerians to report all cases of unusual fevers to health facilities and avoid overcrowding.
“When people are coughing let them be referred to facilities, open windows and ensure that we do not get infected easily.
Children are more susceptible and when they have unusual fever they should also be referred to the hospital.
An outbreak of CSM has claimed five lives already in Gada and Wauru towns of Gada Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
A similar occurrence was also reported from Zamfara on Tuesday.