Photos have emerged of Senate President Bukola Saraki administering meningitis vaccine to a patient at Nass Nigeria hospital.
The death toll from the meningitis outbreak in Nigeria has reached 745 since November 2016.
This is contained in an update released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Wednesday April 19.
NAIJ.com gathered that NCDC noted that 8,057 suspected cases of meningitis have been reported across the country so far. Of this figure, 7519 (93 per cent) occurred in five states that had reached outbreak levels for Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) serotype C.
The five affected states are Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi and Niger.
Below are the photos of Saraki administering vaccine to a child.
The United Nations Children Fund [UNICEF] has donated 850,000 doses of vaccines to Sokoto State government to tackle Cerebrospinal Meningitis in the state.
Mohammad Mohiuddin, UNICEF chief, Sokoto Zonal Office, made the disclosure on Wednesday in Sokoto at a sensitisation meeting for media practitioners, religious and traditional leaders, as well as other stakeholders.
He also said that UNICEF had released N17 million to the government for logistics and social mobilisation activities.
“In response to the recent CSM outbreak in the states, UNICEF is delivering about 850,000 doses of meningitis vaccines to Sokoto state government,” he said.
On the meeting, the official said it was part of the support UNICEF has been providing in response to the meningitis outbreak in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states.
Mohiuddin explained that the sensitisation meeting was to empower the participants on ways to engage members of their communities in passing key messages to contain the outbreak.
He said UNICEF had been using it’s field network consisting of local government area consultants, voluntary community mobilisers and volunteers to also pass down key messages on healthy living.