By Ola Ajayi & Akinwunmi Bello
AN American scientist, Prof. William Brieger has said over 400,000 children die annually from measles infection while 3,000 people died as a result of meningitis outbreak in Niger and Nigeria this year.
According to him, over 50,000 people were infected with the dreaded disease in Zamfara. He said this at the 44th annual symposium entitled, â€œEpidemic-Prone Diseases in Nigeriaâ€ held in Ibadan, yesterday.
In his own contribution, the Chairman, Neglected Tropical Disease Committee, Federal Ministry of Health, Prof. Adenike Abiose added that meningitis is another dreadful disease like cholera, malaria, polio, measles, avian flu, H1N1 (swine flu), and HIV in Nigeria.
Tracing the origin of Avian Flu in Nigeria, she explained that it emanated from the Northern Nigeria which resulted in the killing of thousands of birds and it led to a huge economic loss for farmers.
Describing this year as an epidemic year, she noted that it threatened the security of members of the society. â€œWe suffer from these diseases as a result of weak vaccination programme, poor housing, and unsafe water to fight against themâ€.
She called on governments at various levels and other health organisations to put more efforts in health care delivery system.