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No confirmed case of Meningitis in Oyo, says Commissioner


The Oyo State Government yesterday said there was no confirmed case of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis (CSM) outbreak in the state. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan stated this at a press conference in Ibadan in reaction to media reports that there were two suspected cases of meningitis in the state.

Adeduntan affirmed that four patients with symptoms of fever and neck stiffness were seen at Akinyele Council, with two of them at the General Hospital, Moniya and the remaining two at private health facilities.

“To further strengthen the suspicion of meningitis, two of these cases had recently travelled to the northern part of the country, where quite a number of cases have been confirmed,” he added.

He, however, clarified that the initially suspected cases could not be considered as meningitis, considering the negative results they got from the clinical diagnosis of samples taken from the patients.

“We wish to state that the results revealed no organisms in the cerebrospinal fluids of three of these patients. There has not been any loss of life in all the cases,” he said.

Adeduntan urged residents to disregard the earlier news of an outbreak, saying there was no outbreak of meningitis in the state. He explained that the current type of meningitis experienced in some parts of the country was Type C, which is tougher than the Type A the country had vaccine for.

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