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WHO elections

70th World Health Assembly begins today in Geneva

The Guardian Nigeria tells its readers about the start of the World Health Assembly in Geneva and suggests which issues may top its agenda: the Ebola outbreak in the DRC, the Cerebro Spinal Meningitis epidemic in Nigeria, not excluding the important election of a new director general to succeed Margaret Chan

May 22, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

Promoting health through the life course

97% of meningitis victims in Zamfara are women - NGO

Save the Children says that about 97% of all the meningitis victims in Zamfara are women.  The NGO monitored the victims of meningitis in isolation centres set up by the state government at various health facilities to arrive at this percentage. The news was attributed to poverty, illiteracy and poor accessibility to healthcare services. By educating girls and empowering women within the family the meningitis scourge could have been foreseen and managed more efficiently

April 11, 2017
Pulse Nigeria, Vanguard Nigeria

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Baby dies of viral meningitis after deadly kiss

Mariana Sifrit, the infant girl who contracted viral meningitis caused by HSV-1 when she was less than a week old, has died. HSV-1 is the same herpes virus that causes cold sores, and only rarely does it lead to viral meningitis, which causes the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord to become enflamed. It is believed that baby Mariana contracted the deadly virus from a kiss. Mariana`s parents, Nicole and Shane Sifrit, both tested negative for the virus

July 19, 2017
CNN, medscape.com
July 20, 2017
global news.ca

Nigeria prey to more deadly meningitis outbreaks amid vaccine shortage

Hit by one of its deadliest meningitis outbreaks in years, with more than 1,000 deaths, Nigeria could struggle to contain future epidemics due to a shortage of vaccines, health experts said. Africa`s most populous country has recorded about 14,500 suspected cases and at least 1,150 deaths so far this year - up from 33 in 2016 - in two thirds of its 36 states, said the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). "This outbreak is not just one of the worst in number of cases and deaths, but in terms of how far it has spread across Nigeria," Miriam Alia, a vaccination and outbreak response adviser at MSF, said. The shortage of vaccines for meningitis C means they can only be used to respond reactively to such outbreaks, rather than to prevent future epidemics in high risk areas, she added

June 13, 2017

Outbreak caused almost 180 deaths in Niger since January

At least 179 people, almost half of them children, have died of meningitis since January in Niger, where some 3,000 suspected cases have been reported, the UN said on Wednesday. OCHA said the fatality rate so far stands at 5.9%. The agency had previously reported 120 deaths out of 2,102 suspected meningitis cases at the end of April. Forty five percent of the total cases were children aged between five and fourteen 

May 18, 2017
Pulse Nigeria

Mystery illness in Liberia appears to be meningitis -minister

Four of the 13 patients who died from a mysterious illness in Liberia since April 23 have tested positive for Neisseria meningitides serogroup C, a bacterial form of meningitis, according to the U.S. CDC. Additional testing is ongoing to determine if the other deaths and 30 other illnesses are also due to this type of infection

May 9, 2017
May 8, 2017
Huffington Post, GNN Liberia, Science Mag

Meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 813 people: minister

A meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has killed 813 people so far this year, the country’s health minister said. The government approved a house-to-house search in northern Nigeria to identify those afflicted with meningitis for vaccination and treatment, the minister told reporters

April 26, 2017

Death toll rises to 489 in Nigeria meningitis outbreak

A Nigerian health official said Wednesday that a suspected 489 people have died during the latest meningitis outbreak to hit the country. At least five northern states have been affected by the epidemic over the last five months. As of now, there have been 4,637 suspected cases from which the fatalities came

April 12, 2017
Daily Sabah, ABC news

Le paludisme sévit toujours au Burundi

Over the last 3 months some 949 people have died from malaria in Burundi and over 1,800,000 people have been infected. Now, the government is looking to raise $32m in aid to fight the

April 12, 2017
VOA Afrique

Battling meningitis - killer disease on the prowl, 438 dead

When the first outbreak of the deadly Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM) in February, many thought nothing to it as such reports had been usual and that the disease would run its circle. The number of deaths in the past week, however, is so scary and more deaths are still being reported

April 9, 2017
Nigerian Tribune, NAIJ.COM

Nigeria to launch meningitis jab campaign as death toll jumps to 336

Nigeria is launching a mass vaccination campaign as part of its emergency response to an outbreak of meningitis in its north-western states as the death toll climbed to 336, with the number of suspected cases hitting 2,997, which represents 1,000 more than at the beginning of last week

April 4, 2017
April 5, 2017
The Citizen

Cerebrospinal Meningitis: 328 deaths in 16 states

More than 2,254 people have been affected by the CSM  with 328 deaths recorded in ninety local government councils of 16 states of the federation. Of additional concern is the fact that the Polio virus has been detected in Gombe. And the health minister confirmed that out of the 131 samples laboratory tested a majority indicate this is a Neisseria Meningitides type C. The health minister added that other countries such as Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Togo are facing meningitis outbreaks at the moment as well

April 2, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

Meningitis outbreak rises to 1,966 across five states

WHO confirmed that the current epidemic of meningitis that started last December has killed hundreds of Nigerians and affected many others. There are heightened concerns as the new strain of CSM does not have enough vaccine readily available. The last outbreak of CSM in Nigeria in 1996 killed 11,717 and infected 109,580 with a fatality rate of 10.7%

March 31, 2017
Guardian Nigeria, The Day, The Nation, NTA Nigeria, Daily Trust

Has the Meningitis Vaccine Failed? Outbreak in Africa Kills More Than 260 Nigerians

More than 260 people have died in Nigeria as a result of the country’s recent meningitis outbreak, eight times more than the number of deaths caused by the disease in 2016. In a series of tweets, Nigeria’s Center for Disease Control said there were 1,828 suspected cases of meningitis reported so far in 2017. Across the country’s 15 states, 269 Nigerians had died as of last Monday, compared to the 33 people killed by the disease in 2016

March 29, 2017
Newsweek, KBC TV

Sokoto state govt treats 10,000 meningitis, malaria patients in 9 days ―Commissioner

The Sokoto State Government in Nigeria says it has treated no fewer than 10,000 meningitis and malaria patients since March 20th following the announcement of a high state of alert in the health sector

March 29, 2017
Nigerian Tribune, Business Day

21 People Die of Meningitis in Sokoto, Says Health Commissioner

The death toll as a result of the meningitis epidemic in Sokoto State Nigeria has now risen to 21 people, the local health commissioner confirmed

March 27, 2017
This Day Live, Nigeria Today, Vanguard Nigeria, Agence Presse Africaine, Von.gov.ng

FG announces outbreak of a new disease in Nigeria

This strain, which is rare in Nigeria, is said to have entered the country from Niger. The outbreak of meningitis in Sokoto and Zamfra states requires a different type of vaccine, as it is a new strain and experts are working hard to contain it

March 19, 2017
March 17, 2017
Nigerian Bulletin

Health systems

Traditional ruler appeals to government for CSM vaccine

The head of the Kpaduma community has called on the Nigerian government to make cerebrospinal meningitis vaccine available in the community in order to avoid the spread of the disease. Malam Fajemi Jariyi made this plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. He urged community members to visit health facilities for any ailment and to not rely on self-medication when they noticed any health challenges and to get their children immunized against polio

May 9, 2017
Tribune Online

Deadlier than Ebola: 745 meningitis deaths expose Nigeria’s faulty healthcare system

The Nigerian media investigated the cerebro meningitis outbreak, visiting the hotspot in Zamfara state, and argued that the more than 700 deaths from meningitis expose Nigeria’s faulty healthcare system

April 23, 2017
Punch Nigeria, Premium Times
April 20, 2017

Scarcity of meningitis vaccine persists as epidemic worsens

Nigeria may not be able to get enough vaccines to prevent the spread and fatality of the ongoing Cerebro Spinal Meningitis type C. Nigeria urgently needs 1.3m doses of the vaccine for this strain but has taken delivery of only 500,000 doses. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), most vaccines currently being used for meningitis C outbreaks in Africa are polysaccharide vaccines, which are in short supply, as they are being phased out in other parts of the world, and the more effective and long-lasting conjugate vaccines, however, are not readily accessible for outbreak response in the region

April 17, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

Meningitis outbreak exposes the Federal Government's unpreparedness for epidemics

The Guardian Nigeria highlights the ongoing Cerebrospinal meningitis epidemic which has spread like wildfire in terms of cases and deaths across 17 states. It asks the pertinent question as to whether the government should have been better prepared to manage such an epidemic and not allowed it to cause this level of devastation

April 9, 2017
Guardian Nigeria
April 6, 2017
Punch Nigeria

$1.1bn Required for Meningitis Vaccines as Deaths Rise to 328

The Nigerian government says it needs the sum of $1.1bn to be able to afford to vaccinate the 22 million people at risk of the current outbreak of Type C cerebro-spinal meningitis which is sweeping through five states and has already claimed hundreds of lives

April 4, 2017
This Day Live, AllAfrica.com
April 3, 2017
BBC News

Communicable diseases

Meningitis shot also offers some defence against gonorrhoea, study finds

Researchers studying a mass vaccination campaign against meningitis have found a surprising side effect - the shots also offered moderate protection against gonorrhoea. The findings, published in The Lancet medical journal, mark the first time an immunization has shown any protection against gonorrhoea and point to new avenues in the search for a gonorrhoea vaccine, scientists said

July 11, 2017
July 12, 2017

FG Declares Nigeria Meningitis Free

The Federal Government has officially declared Nigeria free from the latest ‘type c’ deadly Cerebral Spinal Meningitis (CSM) which has claimed thousands of lives since the outbreak in 2016. The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Oyewole disclosed this to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council weekly meeting in Abuja. He said that there has been no polio case recorded for the year 2017 while cholera outbreak in Kwara State has fizzled out

June 28, 2017

Biological fingerprint of tuberculosis meningitis discovered in children

Children with tuberculosis meningitis have a biological fingerprint that can be used to assess the severity of the condition, help decide the best course of treatment, and provide clues for novel treatments

June 21, 2017

Nigeria: Why South West States Have No Meningitis C Vaccines - Officials

There is a tangible absence of the Cerebro Spinal Meningitis Type C vaccine in public health institutions across many states in the South West Zone and Kwara, a survey by the News Agency of Nigeria has revealed. Authorities said there was no vaccine because there are no cases of the disease in these zones at the moment. A pharmacist, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the storage and preservation of vaccines was expensive, due to an irregular power supply, and this can often result in a loss

May 21, 2017

Resistance to antibiotic of last resort found in human pathogens infecting dogs

A team of Spanish investigators has identified examples of tigecycline-resistant bacteria (an antibiotic of last resort) living on dogs. This raises the probability that such bacteria are being repeatedly introduced into hospitals. The bacteria harbouring the resistance are Klebsiella pneumoniae which are frequently associated with hospital-acquired pneumonia, bloodstream infections and meningitis. These particular k. pneumoniae could well have been disseminated to hospitals worldwide. So the antibiotic of last resort for complicated infections in humans may be more complicated as pathogens could be resistant to last resort antibiotics

April 11, 2017
Medical News Today

Era of self medication for fever is gone

Era of self medication for fever is gone given all the state is now currently facing

March 28, 2017
Vanguard Nigeria, Economic Times