By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
Following the outbreak of meningitis disease in the country, which is reported to have claimed the lives of more than 300 Nigerians, the Ogun State government has stepped up surveillance across its 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Government Development Council Areas (LCDA) to guide against the import of the deadly disease.
The State Commissioner for health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye who spoke to Journalists in Abeokuta yesterday said the step was necessary in order to guard against the import of the disease in the State, saying that all borders in the State had been put on red alert.
He said adequate measures had been taken by the State in containing the outbreak of the disease, adding that medical personnel had been trained across the 20 Local Government on signs and symptoms needed to watch out for in detecting the disease.
“Meningitis is an acute inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord and it is generally caused by infection of viruses, bacteria, fongi, parasite and certain organisms, medical workers have been trained across the 20 Local Government to watch out for symptoms to detect the disease while all borders in the state has been put on red alert” Ipaye said.
Dr. Ipaye called on members of the public to watch out for symptoms such as Malaria, headache, fever and stiff neck and urged that a report should be quickly made to the nearest General Hospital across the state, if any of the above symptoms persist for three days without cure, adding that the state Ministry of Health would also embark on massive sensitization in the media to further enlighten the public to always be conscious, “health wise”, ensure continuous handwashing and avoid sneezing into open air.