FG NEEDS $1.1BILLION TO BUY MENINGITIS VACCINES

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FG-NEEDS $1.1BILLION TO BUY MENINGITIS VACCINES

22m People in 5 States Needs to be Vaccinated – FG

Recall that yesterday it was revealed that over 16 states in Nigeria was affected already with meningitis and needs immediate action to arrest the menace. But today information reaching us indicates that the Federal Government of Nigeria needs over $1.1bn to settle this embarrassing disease that has raised its ugly head Read below to get full details:
ABUJA—THE Federal Government declared, yesterday, that a total of $1.1 billion was needed to tackle the outbreak of Cerebrospinal Meningitis in five states of the north.
Children undergoing vaccination against meningitis in Nigeria.

The disclosure came as the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, said the Senate under his leadership, was prepared to accord government all necessary support towards tackling the disease headlong.

The amount, according to Dr Emmanuel Odu, Acting Director-General,National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, is needed to vaccinate an estimated 22 million people in the affected states of Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina and Niger, which has resulted in the death of 328 people so far.

Odu spoke in Abuja, yesterday, while briefing Senate Committee on Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases on measures being put in place by the Federal Government to tackle outbreak of the disease which has recorded 2,524 cases across 16 states of the country.

He said:  “To vaccinate a total population of 22 million in the five affected states will cost $1.1billion; the cost of vaccines alone. And if we are to procure for all the 16 states in the meningitis belt, we can roughly multiply it by the $1.1billion.”

According to him, of the doses being sourced with the $1.1billion from an Indian firm, 500,000 doses were delivered last week and 823,000 are being expected any time from now.

National Coordinator  of National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the vaccination would start tomorrow in Zamfara State, being the most affected area, followed by Sokoto.

However, Chairman of the committee, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, and other members frowned at the fire brigade approach always adopted by the agency to fight the yearly scourge by charging them to be more proactive in subsequent years.

Meanwhile, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in a series of tweets, yesterday,  on his twitter handle @BukolaSaraki, stated that he had spoken with the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, to assure him of the Senate’s commitment to help end the epidemic.

He said: “I applaud FG, Ministry of Health, stakeholders and WHO’s efforts to fight meningitis in Nigeria. We need all hands on deck.

“I spoke to Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on the meningitis outbreak to assure him of Senate’s support.”

“With a 15% mortality rate, the Senate stands ready to respond quickly to any request for emergency assistance for meningitis.”

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Here we will be bringing you list of  states that has been affected by Meningitis in Nigeria

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We
strongly advise that after reading this report, you rush down to the
nearest primary health care, General hospital, National hospital,
specialist hospital/clinics or any established Federal, State or Local
Government health care centers to receive the Meningitis vaccine

List of affected States where there are reports of Meningitis outbreak

Below are 90 Local Government Areas (LGA) in Sixteen (16) States of the Federation which are so far affected

2017|2018: See List Of States Affected In Nigeria

  1. FCT,Abuja
  2. Sokoto
  3. Kebbi
  4. Niger
  5. Nassarawa
  6. Jigawa
  7. Katsina
  8. Gombe
  9. Taraba
  10. Yobe
  11. Kano
  12. Osun
  13. Cross
  14. Rivers
  15. Lagos and Plateau.
  16. Zamfara

Ways of Preventing Meningitis

 Meningitis Prevention:

  • Avoidance of overcrowding
  • Sleep in well ventilated places
  • Avoidance of close and prolonged contact with a case/s
  • Proper disposal of respiratory and throat secretions
  • Strict observance of hand hygiene and sneezing into Elbow joint/sleeves
  • Reduce hand shaking, kissing, sharing utensils or medical interventions such as mouth resuscitation
  • Vaccination with relevant sero-type of the meningococcal vaccine
  • Self-medication should be avoided
Please
we strongly advise that you share this report to as many as you can, by
doing so you are creating more awareness and helping the Federal
Government to fight against disease of such, you are also saving lives.

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can, by doing so you are creating more awareness and helping the Federal
Government to fight against disease of such, you are also saving lives. 

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