Nigeria needs 2m doses of meningitis vaccine – Nigerian News Headlines Today

Nigeria needs 2m doses of meningitis vaccine – Nigerian News Headlines Today

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A child takes meningitis vaccine. BBC Photo

By Desmond Ejibas

Dr Fred Weli, a family health expert in Port Harcourt, says Nigeria will need about 2 million doses of vaccine to fight current meningitis epidemic.

Weli told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Wednesday that current 500,000 doses available in the country were grossly inadequate to fight the epidemic.

Nigeria recently received 500,000 doses of meningitis C vaccine from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to combat the epidemic that has caused the death of 489 deaths across four states.

Weli expressed optimism that the 2 million vaccines would checkmate the epidemic in the worst hit states of Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara, and halt its spread to other states.

According to him, 336 new cases have been recorded in 16 states and 19 local government areas which are quite worrisome.

“The country currently has about 500,000 doses of vaccines which is a far cry to the about 2 million needed to fight the…

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