Meningitis Outbreak: Borno Investigates Patient Down With Symptoms


Signs of Meningitis is manifesting on a patient in a government hospital in Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno state.

The State Ministry of Health said even though the patient is stable, examinations are being conducted on the patient to ascertain the particular meningitis type.

The Ministry of Health Commissioner, Dr. Haruna Mshelia said the state has been on red alert even before the Uba case was reported.

“The state is conducting immunization with the meningitis ‘A’ vaccine in 10 newly liberated LGAS that were not fully captured during the main ‘A’ vaccination campaign in 2012/13, with 350, 000 already immunized while the immunization is still ongoing to cover all children that needs to be covered.” Mshelia stated.

Meanwhile, Askira Uba Local Government is not part of the 10 LGAS where the latest immunization is taking place.

“As we speak now we have a suspected case of meningitis in Askira Uba Local Government; investigation is ongoing to find out if its the usual ‘A’ type or the ‘C’ type”, the commissioner revealed.

Mshelia further said in order to ensure that the state is ready to respond to any outbreak, “Bearing in mind that we share borders with Niger Republic and the increased population movement and large concentration of IDP in camps, we have convened an emergency meeting with all health partners.”

Borno Govt. Confirms First Case Of Lassa Fever

Lassa Fever, Plateau State, Kamshak KundenThe Borno State Government has confirmed the diagnosis of Lassa fever in a 32-year-old woman in Zabarmari, a village located on the outskirts of Maiduguri metropolis.

The Commissioner of Health, Dr. Haruna Mshelia, who said this noted that incident was the first to be recorded in the state in northeast Nigeria.

Dr. Mshelia said the survivor fell sick last week and was admitted at a government hospital in Maiduguri, while a sample of her blood was taken to Lagos for test and returned positive.

He said though the situation was under control as the victim was responding to treatment, the ministry had to summon all stakeholders, including traditional rulers to sensitise the public on the need to ensure proper sanitation and avoid eating rodents, especially rats.

The commissioner noted that officials from the ministry had visited Zabarmari where they identified 23 people who had contact with the victim.

“So far we are in contact with 23 of her relations and we are following them up; all of them are healthy.

“But this disease takes between two to 21 days to develop; so we will not stop following them up until this period elapses,” he said.

Dr. Mshelia stressed further that those suspected to have personal contact have been quarantined.

He hinted that the ministry would soon embark on house-to-house fumigation, assuring the people of the state that there was no cause for alarm.

“We have formed teams that are to follow the relations, teams that are to go to the hospital and ensure that single case is treated properly and nobody catches the disease, and we have enlightened teams among others,” he said.

The incident management team, according to the commissioner, comprises “the state ministry of health, the Federal Government’s Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and our partners chiefly the World Health Organisation and the Borno State Environmental Protection Agency (BOSEPA)”.

Mshelia explained that “the role of BOSEPA is to move to Zabarmari and we will try to see if we can catch few of the rats for examination.

“Then the whole town will be fumigated house-to-house, to get rid of the rats that are there that could be infected”.

A report published in January 2017 by the NCDC had warned on the increased number of Lassa fever cases, even as it advised increased focus on prevention and preparedness.

The report indicated that from December 2016, Nigeria has recorded 19 cases of Lassa fever and six deaths in seven states.