By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Government on Thursday declared that it has discovered two suspected cases of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM) in Ojoo, Akinyele Local Government Area of the state.
The state Director of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Dr Oyewole Lawal, who dropped this hint in Ibadan said the two suspected cases of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis
were discovered by the state’s Surveillance Committee
“Our Surveillance Committee has reported two patients in the Hausa Community of Ojoo area of Ibadan, who manifested some symptoms of CSM. The two suspects arrived Ibadan from the Northern part of the country and they manifested some symptoms of CSM”he said.
Dr Lawal stressed that as at present,the state government has “beefed-up tracking and increased surveillance efforts in all primary health care centres at the local government levels, secondary healthcare level and all the private hospitals around Ojoo”.
He maintained that the state government “is making spirited efforts to ensure that officers at the Disease Notification and Surveillance Unit are working assiduously to monitor the suspects” adding that “as soon as we get the alert from the state office, we will immediately alert the Disease Notification and Surveillance officers in the 33 local government areas of the state”.
Emphasizing that there was a collaboration between the state Ministry of Health, Disease Control Unit and all the local government health offices,he said “I can say that Oyo State is fully equipped and ready to prevent or curb the scourge of any outbreak of meningitis in the state.”
“We hold meetings every first week of the month where we analyse reports from these local governments. The local government officer concerned usually sends alerts to us at the Ministry of Health, we, in turn, inform the National Centre for Disease Control, a unit of the Federal Health Ministry. The Federal Ministry then alerts the WHO office and Presidency at the same time. So, we are on top of events in Oyo State”.
He pointed out that the type of meningitis recorded in Oyo in 2014 is different from this year meningitis; the 2017 CSM is “Zero Type C’’ and that Oyo state government had requested for vaccines from the Federal Ministry of Health.