It is alarming that Nigerian government has not been able to curb the spread of Meningitis is it did ebola. Meningitis is a very complicated disease that has robbed many lives, especially in Africa. It is no longer news that about 500 persons have been killed in Nigeria this year with the highest number of casualty coming from the Northern part of the country. This is due to the hot temperature and poorly ventilated houses in the northern part of Nigeria. Meningitis kills by causing paralysis and eventually collapses the brain. A new strain of meningococcal meningitis known as stereotype C has recently emerged in Nigeria although World Health Organization claim that there is a vaccine for it but it’s yet to be delivered to Nigerians. individuals should not rely on the government but start taking the necessary precautions to prevent it’s spread.
Here are few ways you can prevent Meningitis irrespective of its stereotype
- Sleep in a well-ventilated environment.
Research has shown that people between the age of 16 and 21 are at greater risk of getting meningitis especially those staying in a poor ventilated hostels or dormitories.
- Always wash your hands –
consistent washing of hands with antiseptic will go a long way in preventing bacteria. Bacteria can simply be transferred through a handshake or touching body fluid of an infected person.
- Get vaccinated against Meningitis
with respect to the prevailing type in your locality.Centre for disease control and prevention advice that people should get vaccinated between the age of 11 and 12, and then take a booster shot between the age of 16 and 21.
- Avoid sharing personal belongings:
Drinking coke from your friend’s bottle or can is enough risk to get you infected. Meningitis can be easily contacted if you are exposed to saliva or body fluid of an infected person.
According to World health Organization, a vaccination campaign will soon be arriving Nigeria and also the British Government donated about 820 000 units of the vaccine. Those affected states in Nigeria are currently receiving urgent and special attention in regards to the recent meningitis outbreak. It is believed that the spread of the disease is been contained, this is been aided by the recent climate change (from hot to rainy season) in the country. The presidency has also indicated interest in ensuring that the outbreak is been contained and eradicated.
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