The Federal Government yesterday confirmed 1,966 cases of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM) with the outbreak reaching epidemic proportions in five states- Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina and Niger.
The meningitis epidemic that started in December 2016 has already killed no fewer than 211 Nigerians and affected another 1,407 according to the WHO.
Main while the strain responsible for this particular CSM outbreak is said to have no available vaccines.
The reason being, the vaccine that can protect against the Neisseria meningitidis serogroup C (NmC) are not commercially available.
The vaccine can only be accessed through a special arrangement with the WHO.
However the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu has promised that arrangement is already being made to get the vaccines.
“From 2013 to 2016, Nigeria has seen increasing cases of meningitis in adjacent Sokoto and Kebbi states caused by a new strain of N.meningitidis serogroup C (NmC),” he said.