Deadly Cerebro Spinal Meningitis Outbreak hits Abuja


The Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM) has finally taken up residence in Abuja, with two fresh reported cases, according to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Primary Health Care Development Board.

Ever since the first outbreak of the disease in some parts of the northeast weeks ago, health officials have been bracing for the arrival of the disease.

According to the Executive Secretary of the board, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, the two confirmed cases were in Abuja Municipal and Abaji Area Councils.

Mohammed said that result from the laboratory test between Tuesday and Wednesday had shown that the two victims were infected with type C of CSM.

He explained that one of the victims in Nuku village of Abaji area council came from Sokoto State where it was alleged that one person had died of meningitis.

He added that another six-year-old child in Garki, Area 8, Abuja, was also confirmed at the Jabi Federal Medical Centre, Abuja.

According to him, these were the only confirmed cases FCT had recorded so far since the outbreak, adding that there are 10 suspected cases in the past where six persons died.

The scribe said that his agency had cordoned off the area where the two victims reside to immunise and sensitise residents against the disease.

Mohammed therefore advised FCT residents to desist from self-medication and report to hospital when they notice any sign of CSM, which include fever and stiff neck or neck pain.

He also enjoined residents to avoid crowded places especially this Easter season where people were travelling to villages for the celebration.


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