The Federal Government of Nigeria has directed all federal medical facilities and primary health care centres across the nation to treat all cases of meningitis free of charge.

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole disclosed this on Monday in a statement. He also stated that the official death count from the outbreak of cerebral meningitis is 328 since November 2016.

He said Nigerians especially residents of Katsina, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Niger, Zamfara and Jigawa states should seek early attention when discomforted with symptoms of Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM). He also urged them to avoid clogging together in unventilated and over-crowded rooms.

He said the present outbreak would be nipped in the bud.Prof Adewole also reiterated the plans for the outbreak to be nipped in the bud as the government was in discussion with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, E-health Africa and other international health agencies for supplies of vaccines and injections, adding that 500,000 doses of the meningococcal vaccines have been secured from WHO and would be used in Zamfara and Katsina states, while additional 800,000 units were expected from the British Government.

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