Plateau State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Kuden Kamshak has dispelled the speculations of an outbreak of the dreaded cerebro spinal meningitis in the state where it was alleged that scores of people were said to have been killed.
Speaking on Monday in Jos, Dr. Kamshak said only three people were admitted and were still under investigation.
According to him few weeks ago it was said there was an outbreak of the disease in Langtang North, South and Mikang local government areas, but on investigations it was not found to be one.
“On dispatching our medical experts to the said local government areas, we found out that clinically, it looked like the disease, but was not it, so they were treated for different ailments”, he remarked.
But report monitored from a news bulletin of the Plateau Radio Television (PRTVC) last Friday stated the contrary as the story had it that about 29 people were affected by the disease in both Mikang and Shendam local government areas.
Dr. Kamshak recalled that, there was a a type C cerebrospinal Meningitis currently ravaging the country and called for concerted effort by all to curb the situation stressing that vaccines were difficult to get adding that the Federal Government was able to get 500,000 doses of the type C vaccines while arrangements were on top gear to have more 800,000 doses of similar vaccines for onward distributions to all the states of the federation.
“The relent resurgence of cerebro-spinal meningitis outbreak in some Northern states of Nigeria and the appearance of type C serotype of Neisseria meningitis organism as against type A strain calls for concerted efforts to curb further spread. The State ministry of Health is working round the clock to secure vaccines for the citizens of the state for mass immunization,” he asserted.
On why people were not vaccinated against the disease the commissioner explained that people of the state were last vaccinated in 2013 and it was meant to last for ten (10) years, saying the state medical experts were battle reading and were also meeting every now and then to ensure they entail the outbreak whenever it rear its ugly head and thanked the World Health Organization (WHO) and the state Ministry of Environment for standing by the ministry of Health at all times.
He called on the citizens of the state to ignore any individual or organization which claims it has vaccines for the cerebro-spinal meningitis all those vaccines were provided free which no one should pay a dime. It is only government that was saddled with the responsibility of providing those basic health necessities to all”.
Dr. Kamshak therefore enjoined the general public to avoid crowded places, ensure their residents were well ventilated and to maintain a very clean and lively environment all times.
Unconfirmed reports had reached it that scores of people were reported death, most especially in parts of the southern zone of Plateau State as a result of the dreaded cerebro-spinal meningitis.
Investigations revealed that many people reportedly death in Zamfara, Kano, Katsina and Sokoto states of Northern Nigerian as a result of the type C serotype of Neisseria meningitis organism.
-The Nigerian Standard