The Federal Government has declared Nigeria free from the latest ‘Type C’ deadly Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM), which claimed almost 2,000 lives since its outbreak in late 2016.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, in a statement on Saturday, confirmed that the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) responding to the epidemic has been stepped down.
He also revealed that the outbreak has been in constant decline for eight weeks and the affected States have recorded much fewer new cases.
In the last four weeks, he said: “no Local Government Area has reached outbreak alert threshold. By the 16th of June 2017 when the EOC was stepped down, a total of 14,518 suspected cases of meningitis were reported from 25 states, with 1,166 deaths, giving a case fatality rate of 8%.
He noted that the reactive vaccination campaigns led by the NPHCDA were successfully conducted in Zamfara, Sokoto, Yobe and Katsina States.