Abuja, – Since the outbreak of cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) in Nigeria, 745 persons have died where 8,057 suspected cases have been reported, the Nigerian federal government said on Thursday.

A representative from Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said, “As of April 17th, 8,057 suspected cases of meningitis had been reported across the country; a total of 745 deaths have been recorded and of the 8,057 cases, 93 percent have occurred in the five states that have reached outbreak levels for CSM serotype C.” The worst-hit states are Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi and Niger, The Nigerian Cable Newspaper reported.

The statement also said the government is working on raising awareness on a national level through advocacy meetings with religious leaders, civil society organizations, health professionals, entertainers and media organizations.

“The National Primary Health Care Development Agency successfully led vaccination in Zamfara and in Katsina states targeting persons between ages two and 29 years in the priority local government areas in both states,” the statement added.

“Preparations are at advanced stages for the next round of vaccination in priority wards and local government areas in Sokoto State,” adding that the CSM national emergency operations center at the NCDC had been leading the national coordination and support for the outbreak response in affected states, the statement concluded. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency