Fifteen states are currently affected by meningitis, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said.
Also, the disease affects 2.8 million people globally each year.
NCDC said the disease remains a major public health challenge affecting many African countries.
To mark this year’s World Meningitis Day, NCDC urged all stakeholders – policy makers, leaders, communities and individuals – to raise awareness about the disease.
Globally, World Meningitis Day is observed on April 24 to raise awareness about the dreadful but preventable disease. This year’s theme is: Life After Meningitis.
Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes, called meninges, which protect the brain and spinal cord from infection and direct physical injury.
The infection of the meninges by microorganisms, such as bacteria or viruses, results in meningitis, a serious infection that can lead to death, if left untreated.
This year, the NCDC said it will increase awareness on the signs, symptoms and the devastating after-effects that it can have the extreme importance of early diagnosis and treatment and the crucial need to support meningitis survivors and their families.
“We all have a collective responsibility to address this public health challenge. As the agency with the mandate to protect the health of Nigerians, NCDC works closely with the Federal Ministry of Health, the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), other relevant agencies and partners to sensitise Nigerians on the disease and coordinate response nationally in the event of an outbreak,” NCDC’s Director-General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said.