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Meningitis: 328 Deaths Recorded as Disease Spread to 16 States – NCDC



The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed that no fewer than 328 persons have died in the latest outbreak of meningitis in different parts of Nigeria.

The Centre also confirmed that 2,524 suspected cases have been recorded.

The Chief Executive Officer of NCDC, Dr. Chikezie Ihekweazu, listed the states most affected to include Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina and Niger.

The disease, he said, has spread to 16 out of the 36 states. At least five people have died in Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“We have about 2,524 cases across the country and exactly 131 of those have been confirmed, (laboratory confirmed) for meningitis and there have been 328 deaths,” he said.

According to him, the outbreak started in Zamfara before it spread to other states.

He however stated that the NCDC has been working very hard with the state government, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), the Ministry of Health, as well as the World Health Organisation and UNICEF, to curb the menace and according to him, much progress has been made so far.

Meanwhile, Ihekweazu stated that there are a lot of things that individuals can do to protect themselves in the short term.

He explained that bacterial meningitis affects the brain and the spinal cord and it is actually transmitted through person to person contact from sneezing, coughing, or even living in crowded conditions.

He therefore advised that individuals should be mindful of their personal hygiene while also adding that if they cannot avoid overcrowding then they should ensure that their homes are well ventilated.

Nigeria is expecting vaccine supply from the World Health Organisation and the United Kingdom.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Abuena

    April 2, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Nigeria is still expecting vaccines? Still expecting? Really? Why isn’t it here already? This was what was said days back. Are people’s lives not important? Their sence of urgency is quite charming. People are dying by the hundreds and the government are yet to provide a solution. Maybe until we hit a thousand before they will act.
    God help us

  2. Ara

    April 3, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Medicine after death..I do not understand….No awareness campaign ..nothing..Young people just dying..Nigeria we hail thee!

  3. Uberhaute looks

    April 3, 2017 at 9:07 am

    If we are still waiting in this 21St century, then I see no future for even the next generation. ???????

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