The Federal Government has alerted Nigerians to the outbreak of Cerebrospinal Meningitis.
The government said the warning became necessary as the disease is more prevalent during the dry season, which comes with dust, winds, and cold nights.
According to the Federal Capital Territory 2022/2023 statistics, the disease claimed one hundred and ninety lives across the country last year.
The Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Ifedayo Adetufa, revealed that Nigeria recorded over two thousand suspected and three hundred and three confirmed meningitis cases with one hundred and ninety deaths across 140 local government areas in 30 states, including.
Adetufa, in a public health advisor issued on Thursday, explained that despite significant progress in vaccination over the last few years, CSM remains a priority disease and an ever-present public health threat in Nigeria.
Adetufa, however, assured Nigerians that the government is working to prevent, detect, and respond to cases of the disease, adding that it is important to ensure that everyone received the appropriate vaccination required to protect against meningitis.