Meningitis: Nobody died of the disease in Lagos-says State Commissioner for Health

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris, has said the alleged death of two from cerebrospinal meningitis, CSM, in the metropolis is untrue. The Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control had on April 7, released statistics which claimed that CRM killed two people in the state. The statistics also indicated that three cases have been recorded in the state so far. A statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs, Adeola Salako on Sunday quoted the commissioner as saying that the report was false and capable of causing undue panic. “The report carried by some newspapers and online platforms is untrue and does not represent the reality of the situation in Lagos State as at today.”For the avoidance of doubt, there are two main types of meningitis. “The epidemic prone meningitis, which is referred to as Cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM), is caused by a bacteria called Neisseria Meningitides.”It’s occurrence is seasonal or cyclical, depending on the level of herd immunity and climatic conditions. “The second type of meningitis is Non-Epidemic Meningitis, which is usually caused by a virus or other bacteria, but not by Neisseria Meningitides.”The Non-epidemic meningitis occurs without any seasonal pattern or periodicity,” Idris was quoted as saying. The commissioner said that a Disease Surveillance Notification Officer in the Lagos Island Local Government, had sometime in March reported nine suspected cases of meningitis from Massey Street Children Hospital with two deaths. He said, however, that none of these was confirmed as due to CSM. “Although, all the nine cases presented with clinical features of meningitis at that hospital, laboratory tests proved that they were either due to Haemophilus influenza or Streptococcus pneumoniae and not Neisseria meningitides. “The ministry was also notified last week of a three-year-old boy, presenting clinically as meningitis at a registered private facility in Lagos, but the laboratory investigations did not confirm CSM.

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