The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has that 52 persons in 21 states have been killed by Cerebrospinal Meningitis, (CSM) between last year and the 5th of March, 2023.
In a situation report released on Monday, the NCDC said as of March 5, a total of 628 suspected cases including 52 deaths (CFR 8.3 per cent) were reported from 21 states in 2022/2023 CSM seasons.
It said the 20 states that reported suspected CSM cases in 2022/2023 were; Abia, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Ebonyi, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Oyo, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba and Yobe States.
The report said, “91 per cent of all cumulative cases were from four (4) states – Jigawa (509 cases), Bauchi (23 cases), Zamfara (22 cases) and Oyo (14 cases).”
It said males were 62 per cent of the cases while 38 per cent were females .
“Ten LGAs across five states, Jigawa (7), Bauchi (1), Oyo (1), Plateau (1) and Zamfara (1), reported more than 5 cases each this CSM seasons 2022/2023,” the report added.
NCDC said the number of new suspected cases in epidemiological week nine decreased by 84 per cent compared with epidemiological week nine.
It said the national multi-sectoral Cerebrospinal Meningitis Technical Working Group, (TWG ) continued to monitor response across states.