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Nigeria receives new meningitis vaccine as Yobe, others battle outbreak

 

Nigeria has become the first country to receive the new MenFive meningitis vaccine from the Vaccine Alliance-funded global stockpile, with a shipment delivered by the United Nations Children’s Fund.

This was disclosed in a press statement made available to our correspondent by Gavi on Thursday.

“The ICG approved the deployment of 1,043,377 doses of MenFive in response to Nigeria’s request,” the statement noted.

The vaccine arrived amid the outbreak of meningitis in a number of states, including Yobe and Gombe.

Last week, Yobe quarantined 206 persons after recording 20 deaths from meningitis, while Gombe reported six deaths.

Data obtained from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention noted that as of March 3, 2024, 82 local government areas in 22 states have reported 1,402 suspected cases, 101 confirmed cases, and 123 deaths with a case fatality rate of 9.4 per cent since October 2023.

The data showed that the age group mostly affected are from five to 14, followed by age 15 -29 years.

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