Nigeria begins mass vaccination drive to fight meningitis outbreak

Nigeria begins mass vaccination drive to fight meningitis outbreak

Thousands of health workers have embarked on mass vaccination exercise to stop the spread of meningitis which has killed more than 300 people.

An official of the National Centre for Disease Control, Lawal Bakare, said the vaccinators are in the field in Zamfara state, where more than 200 people were killed by the disease.

He explained that 500,000 doses of the vaccine were being administered in the exercise, adding that about three million vaccine are needed in Zamfara state alone.

The disease is transmitted from between people through coughs and sneezes aided by cramped living condition and close contact.

According to Bakare, “A total of 500,000 doses of Meningitis C vaccines have been distributed in the worst-hit states for immediate outbreak response vaccination.

“And, additional 823,970 doses of Meningitis C vaccines are expected from the United Kingdom to support vaccination activities in other affected States.

“Right now, vaccinators are in the field in Zamfara state administering doses of vaccine to contain the spread of the disease.

“This brings the national response into an Incidence Management System, to ensure that all activities across the country will be managed using a clear command and control structure led by an Incident Manager who reports through the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, to the Honourable Minister of Health.

“With this new coordinating structure, the country will have a tight, multi-partner team of experts pulled from the most competent agencies focusing on outbreak control in Nigeria.

“With increasing vaccination activities, expect a reduction in number of cases.”

 

 

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