By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has said that 52 persons were killed by Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) in 21 states in the country between 2022 and March 5, 2023.
A situation report released on Monday, explained that as at March 5, a total of 628 suspected cases including 52 deaths (CFR 8.3%) were reported from 21 states in 2022/2023 CSM seasons.
According to the report, Abia, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Ebonyi, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Oyo, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara were some of the states that reported the suspected CSM cases in 2022/2023.
The report explained that 91% of all cumulative cases were from four (4) states of Jigawa (509 cases), Bauchi (23 cases), Zamfara (22 cases) and Oyo (14 cases).
The report gave 62% for males of the cases while 38% were females.
The report explained, “Ten LGAs across five states, Jigawa (7), Bauchi (1), Oyo (1), Plateau (1) and Zamfara (1), reported more than 5 cases each this CSM seasons 2022/2023.”
According to NCDC, the number of new suspected cases in epidemiological week nine decreased by 84% compared with epidemiological week nine.
Continued monitor of Cerebrospinal Meningitis response across states would be done by the national multi-sectoral Cerebrospinal Meningitis Technical Working Group (TWG ).