by Dolapo Adelana
Cerebral Spinal Meningitis (CSM) has killed thirty-three in Niger state, according to an official disclosed.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, the Executive Director of the state Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPCDA), Dr Yahaya Na’uzo, said nine persons died from the type C meningitis while the remaining 24 died of the type A and B since the outbreak of the disease.
Na’uzo said the disease is being contained in Magama, Agwara, Rijau, Kontagora Local government areas.
“We now have fewer cases reported per day because communities have been sensitised to report to the nearest hospital as soon as they suspect any case of meningitis.According to him the state embarked on sensitisation and awareness campaign to educate the people on preventive measures after the first casualty.
“People have been educated to quickly report to the nearest hospital once they experience symptoms such as fever, vomiting and stiffness of the neck.
“With this, more people have been coming and the situation has stabilised as no more high report of confirmed cases,” he said.
Speaking further he said vaccination would commence immediately the state receives the Type C meningitis vaccines from international communities.
He advised people to desist from self-medication and report to hospital when they notice any sign of CSM.
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.