Monday, January 15, 2018

Minister Alerts Nigerians On Meningitis Outbreak, Says Be Warned We Have No Money For Vaccination

The minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole has appealed to Nigerians to be on the look out for suspected cases of outbreak of meningitis, saying the country is already approaching its season.

Professor Adewole made this appeal in Ibadan, Oyo State over the weekend while speaking with the members of Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria, on some of his ministry’s preparedness to curtail any reported outbreak of CSM.

The Minister said the alert is important because the country has no money to vaccinate all Nigerians.

He said it is known that meningitis is seasonal and this is the season, “that is why we are saying Nigerians should be on the lookout for it. It is so easy to treat. The vaccine is expensive.  When a case is detected we have an epidemic threshold then we quickly vaccinate people in the Local Governments, that is the best we can do for now.  When we are more prosperous then we can vaccinate everybody.”

Prof Adewole added that the conjugate vaccine will protect everybody for 10 years, the polyvalent vaccine for three years, as he added that for now both are expensive, The Nation reports.


  1. This is a funny republic. How can you the minister of health come to tell the citizens that there is no money for vaccination? Where are all the money recovered from the politicians? Why spend $1bn on boko haram but no money for the health of the citizens? Is the 2019 campaign more important than the health of the citizens of this nation? Please withdraw the statement.

  2. Toying with the lives of Nigerians.
    Pathetic set of shithole Nigerian leaders.

    We do not need to vaccinate everybody in Nigeria to fully prevent seasonal meningitis infections in Nigeria.

    All that is needed is for the people that lives in Meningitis prone areas to get the full vaccinations and automatically all the other people in adjacent and other areas will have what is called herd immunity.

    Nigeria could also mass produce the vaccines through a foreign pharmaceutical company thereby making the cost of productions to be very low and the cost of the vaccines affordable and accessible for our people.

    This idea of waiting for a local person to come with real meningitis before administering the meningitis vaccines to other locals in that area is very wrong.
    The vaccines may not even get enough time to be recognized by the host bodies and therefore might not be effective.

    What the minister is proposing is therefore not good for our people.

    We do not have the incidence of meningitis in every corner of Nija, therefore we do not need to wait till we become a wealthy nation( which we already are, by African standard) before we start offering the vaccines to our people.


  3. There is no money ke? Why are nigerians angry trump called us a shithole