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The Federal government does not have enough money to vaccinate all Nigerians against Cerebrospinal Meningitis, CSM. Disclosing this to newsmen in Ibadan, Oyo state, Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, said even though CSM, a seasonal disorder, is easy to diagnose, the protective vaccine is very expensive. 

Professor Isaac Adewole “The Federal government does not have enough money to vaccinate the whole country. The two vaccines are expensive and what we are trying to do is case detection. “The conjugate vaccine will protect everybody for 10 years, while the polyvalent vaccine protects for 3 years, but for now both are expensive. 

The conjugate is about $20 (N7,200) a vial, while the polyvalent is $3 (N1,080) a vial, and that is for just the vaccine, not including the syringes and other consumables, so our best bet is to alert Nigerians that this is the season for meningitis and they should beware.” On the average about N1.3 trillion is required to immunise the Nigerian population with the conjugate vaccine, and about N200 billion to immunise with the polyvalent vaccine. “The vaccine is expensive. 

When a case is detected we have what we call an epidemic threshold then we quickly vaccinate people in the affected Local Governments, that is the best we can do for now. So we are urging that Nigerians be on alert that this is the meningitis season and we need to contain it”

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