Following the confirmation of the first case of meningitis at the Federal Medical Center, Asaba, Delta State has recorded a second case of the disease at the Central Hospital, Warri.
Briefing reporters in Asaba, the state’s capital, the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Nicholas Azinge, dismissed reports of outbreak, adding that the situation is under control.
“At the Federal Medical Center, Asaba, one case has been confirmed as caused by neisseria meningitidis, the organism that is usually associated with meningitis outbreaks. The second case is yet to be confirmed because of certain complications the patient has.
“The case in Warri was confirmed to have been caused by streptococcus pneumonia, this is a form of bacterium that is hardly associated with outbreaks.
“This is why the one in Warri is not an outbreak, it is a case of meningitis caused by streptococcus pneumonia which is different from the type of bacterium that causes outbreak of meningitis.
“The unconfirmed case in Asaba and the case in Warri responded satisfactorily to treatment and have been discharged. Currently, it’s only one case being managed at Federal Medical Center, Asaba and we are monitoring the situation,” he said.
The Commissioner asked the people not to panic, saying the State Government is ready to combat any possible outbreak of meningitis in the state.