NewsExpress advert FCMB banner
Meningitis death toll now 813: Health Minister

By News Express on 26/04/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 563

•Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole.
•Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole.

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has confirmed that the death toll from the meningitis outbreak in the country has risen to 813.

Prof. Adewole confirmed this on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council Meeting presided over by vice president Yemi Osinbajo.

His statement comes as Nigerian Health authorities and international aid organisations attempt to tackle the surge in infections.

Earlier this month, the death toll stood at 300. But in less than three weeks, it has now risen to above 800, a cause for worry among health agencies.

The outbreak currently affects five states — Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi and Niger all in the country’s northern region.

The government on Wednesday approved a house-to-house search in northern Nigeria to identify those afflicted with meningitis for vaccination and treatment.

The West African nation in April launched a mass vaccination campaign as part of its emergency response to the outbreak in its northwestern states, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said.

The NCDC said the infection killed 33 people in 2016.

More than 2,000 people died from an outbreak of the disease in Nigeria in 2009, with basic healthcare limited in rural parts of the country, where most people live on less than $2 a day, despite the country’s huge oil resources.

Meningitis is the inflammation of tissue surrounding the brain and spinal cord which can be caused by viral or bacterial infections. It spreads mainly through kisses, sneezes, coughs and in close living quarters.

The NCDC is working with the World Health Organisation, the U.N’s Children’s Fund and Medecins Sans Frontieres, also known as Doctors Without Borders, to try to control the outbreak.

This current outbreak of Meningitis is the worst outbreak ever experienced in Nigeria since 2009.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said enhanced surveillance activities have so far contributed to increased case finding and more timely reporting.

The Nigeria Medical Association has accused the government of negligence in its handling of the outbreak.

The medical association said the government failed to prepare despite warnings, and has still not responded appropriately to the epidemic. (TV360 Nigeria)

Source News Express

Posted 26/04/2017 9:32:31 PM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+



REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...


You may also like...
Card readers disappoint in Abia •APGA cries foul,...

Dream Team VI walk tight rope in Olympic...

Real estate lawyers commend Jonathan on repeal of...

Again, gunmen strike in Port Harcout, kill four...

2017 Budget Report: Dogara gives committees deadline

GOC visits warring Ebonyi and Cross River communities...

Change of counsel stalls trial of fake investigator...

Woman divorces husband for being lazy in bed...

Presidency: Why I threw in the towel —Tambuwal...

Iran open to Americans – Foreign Minister

Africa, emerging new frontier in Reinsurance markets

Today’s weather forecast, by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency...


Latest News Buhari leads heavyweights to Kano for Dangote’s daughter’s wedding Herdsmen occupy 3 Delta communities NJC appoints 60 judges for 25 states + Names of the judges Air hostess dies after falling from plane EXCLUSIVE: Buhari, National Assembly leaders strike deal on 2018 Budget 100 arrested over Ojota Lagos violence FG sets up National Food Security Council, appoints members Petroleum Industry Bill ready for presidential assent by end-March — Committee Chairman Oil prices jump, Brent hits approximately $70 Lagos Land Use Charge review a plus to the people, says NIM Russia, U.S. to hold joint test flight to moon in 2019 Violence erupts in Madrid over African migrant’s death


Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (331,853 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (324,421 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (260,084 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (213,881 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (197,683 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (192,000 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (167,302 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (150,088 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (142,871 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (132,767 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (132,284 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (125,587 views)


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (34) Business & Economy (2,968) Business Verdict (36) Columnists (813) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (206) Entertainment (455) Features (552) Global Business Monitor (237) International (1,851) Interview (145) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (114) News (33,658) Opinion (894) Pidgin (10) Politics (4,615) Religion (700) Sports (1,456) Stock Watch (28) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update





Football Highlight -- BARCELONA - CHELSEA 3:0


APO Group Partner




REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera