If you will have cause to visit Niger State in coming days or weeks, there is something you should have at the back of your mind to stay safe.

There is an outbreak of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM) in Niger State and at least 4 persons have been killed. 

The Niger State government confirmed the outbreak and said 31 cases have been recorded in some local government areas of the state. 

It said laboratory tests showed it was CSM. 

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Mustapha Jibril, told a press conference in Minna that the cases and deaths recorded so far remained confined to Magama and Katcha local government areas of the state.

Niger recorded 123 cases of the disease with 33 deaths across 12 local government areas in 2017 with Magama having the highest number of 31 deaths.

Jibril warned that there could be possibility of more outbreak and higher mortality rate, as the hot weather condition became intensified.

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According to him the state government had in response to the outbreak activated a response mechanisms across the 25 local government areas through the state Ministry of Health.

"We are working closely with World Health Organisation (WHO) UNICEF, Doctors without Borders and other partners in tackling the menace," he said.

To also check the spread, surveillance had increased, including active case search across wards within the 25 local government areas of the state.

According to him, the first set of positive samples have been taken to National Centre for Disease Control laboratory in Abuja for higher level analysis.

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Amidst the outbreak, Minna General hospital has been designated as referral health facility for treatment of cases in the state.

The Commissioner further stressed the need for people to maintain good personal and environmental hygiene, as well as avoid overcrowded environment.

Two other practices that could help is good ventilation in homes and prompt reporting of suspected case. 

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