By Temitope Owotoki
The Niger State Government has confirmed that eight people have lost their lives in the cerebrospinal meningitis outbreak in Borgu Local Government Area of the state.
Mr Usman Ndanusa, the Executive Director, Niger State Primary Health Care Development Agency, who disclosed to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Minna, said the situation was pathetic as the disease as a jinx or evil spirit that can be handled traditionally instead of by orthodox medicine.
Ndanusa said the agency has begun sensitisation to curb the epidemic so that it does not spread to neighbouring local government areas.
He described Magama, Borgu, Agwara and Mariga Rijau local government areas as the perennial flashpoints of the disease. However, only Borgu has so far lost eight people to the scourge from March till date.
The primary healthcare boss regretted that the agency has not embarked in cerebrospinal meningitis immunization this year because it does not have the vaccine in stock.
“While we are awaiting the federal government intervention for the vaccine we are calling on all and sundry to live a healthy lifestyle while the heat lasts.
“The agency has carried out sensitization to market places, garages and Local Government Areas,” he said.
Ndanusa advised residents to live healthy lifestyle in order to prevent the disease.
“A rich immune system can help prevent an infection from the viruses and bacteria that cause meningitis.
“People should strive to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins aside this, good exercise is very necessary as well as regular bath,” he said.
Ndanusa also advised the people to drink plenty of water and try to get quality sleep by making sure their houses are well ventilated.