Five new suspected cases of cerebrospinal meningitis have been confirmed by the Plateau state government. The cases have been reported to have occured in Langtang South and Mikang local council areas of the state.
This was made known to the general public as the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kunden Deyin Kamshak, addressed journalist in Jos. The Commissionee said that they
“got calls from the local councils and deployed its team to the areas. So far, our findings confirmed suspected cases of cerebrospinal meningitis.”
Kamshak explained that a blood sample or cerebrospinal fluid of a suspected case must be diagnosed at a government approved medical laboratory, as this was the test that would confirm the case as being that of cerebrospinal meningitis.
He further added that three of the suspected persons had commenced treatment, while the others were yet to begin receiving treatment because their blood samples had just been taken to the laboratory for analysis.
In a bid to tackle the spread of the disease the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has directed the management of the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau, in Zamfara State not to wait for referrals before treating cases.
The Minister gave the directive when he visited the hospital, urging the management to set up a rapid response team to locate suspected cases.
The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs. Binta Adamu Bello and a team of international development partners, accompanied the minister.Also, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai have expressed fear over the devastation of the outbreak.