The Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan, has dismissed the report of meningitis outbreak in the state.
The commissioner was reacting to reports in some national dailies on Friday claiming that there is meningitis outbreak in the state.
Although the commissioner confirmed that they have eight suspected cases already, he said there is no laboratory test evidence to prove it is meningitis.
“The Ministry wished to affirm that four patients with symptoms of fever and neck stiffness were seen at Akinyele local government area of the state. Two of such were seen at General Hospital, Moniya with another two in private health facilIties.
“The patience from HAMDALA Hospital was subsequently referred to the University College Hospital, Ibadan. To further strengthen this suspicion of meningitis, two of these cases had recently travelled to the northern part of the country where quite a number of cases had been confirmed,” he said
Adeduntan, however said blood samples were taken from two cases and laboratory investigation carried out revealed there were no organisms in the cerebrospinal fluids of these patients.
He implored the general public to uphold the hygienic practices of regular hand washing with soap and water, especially after changing diapers, using toilets, coughing or blowing of the nose.