Meningitis: UNICEF donates 1,000 doses of drugs

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has donated 1,000 doses of drugs to the Federal Capital Territory Primary Health Care Development Board to treat patients of Cerebrospinal Meningitis which has ravaged some states in the country.

Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the drugs have been distributed to health care centres and general hospitals in the FCT.

Mohammed said the World Health Organization has also donated three stereotyping machines to carry out screening for CSM in FCT.

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He added that the machines were distributed to Maitama General Hospital, Jabi Medical Centre and University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada.

He urged FCT residents to present themselves when they notice any symptoms of meningitis.

He said his board had carried out immunisation in all the 22 Internally Displaced Persons’ camps in Abuja because of their vulnerability to the disease.

Mohammed said the vaccines allocated to the FCT has been exhausted.

He also disclosed that six persons had died out of 10 suspected cases recorded in Abuja Municipality, Bwari and Kuje area councils.

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