Minister of Health Isaac Adewole has confiermed that so far 328 people have died of suspected meningitis in Zamfara and Katsina states. The minister said extensive efforts had been deployed to avoid the further spread of the epidemic, also the discussion with WHO (World Health Organization) and UNICEF for supplies of vaccines and injections. Till now 500,000 doses of meningococcal vaccines have been secured, with an additional 800,000 units from the British government, By next Tuesday, there will be a meeting with the International Review Group of The World Health Organization (WHO) where request for additional vaccines shall be approved. Nigeria had always been bedeviled with the stereotype A in years past, but this new bacteria vaccine, Meningitis Stereotype C, is not commercially available, can only be shipped to the country by WHO. All Nigerians especially residents of Katsina, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Niger, Zamfara and Jigawa states are advised to pay attention to symptoms of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM) and avoid clogging together in unventilated and over-crowded rooms.
Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabia, adviser at the Royal Court and general supervisor of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid, and Abdul-Ilah Salem bin Mahfouz, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Al-Awn Foundation, signed an executive program agreement for the teatment of dengue fever cases to find health and environmental programs in six Yemeni provinces, including Taiz, Hadramaut, Hodeida, Lahj, Aden and Shabwa. King Salman Center for Relief will coordinate with Al-Awn Foundation, Yemeni Health Ministry and the World Health Oragnization (WHO) to make a survey on the infected areas and determine work specifics.