Maiduguri, March 20, 2017(TNE): The Borno State Government has set aside 200,000 doses of vaccine for meningitis, as a proactive measure against any outbreak, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Harana Mshelia announced in Maiduguri on Monday.
She told newsmen that the state had earlier carried out a vaccination capable of protecting the vaccinated for a decade.
” Between 2012 to 2014 the whole state was covered with a special type of Meningitis Vaccine that last for 10yrs.
” However we have over 200,000 doses in our stores for outbreak response should there be any outbreak,” he said.
Meningitis is an inflammation or swelling of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, caused when the protective membranes around the brain and spinal cord known as the meninges become infected.
There are actually several types of meningitis but bacterial and viral meningitis are the two most common.
The disease is widespread during the severe hot season in the northern part of the country, attacking especially children. (TNE)