Niamey, Niger (PANA) – A national immunization campaign against meningitis A is under way in Niger, where a new vaccine called MenAfrivac approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) is being administered to people aged from 1 to 29 years, official sources said.
Niger is confronted every year with several deaths due to the infection. Despite the efforts to fight meningitis, there is an epidemic occurrence every 3 to 4 years.
Many efforts have been made in the fight against meningitis but the vaccine that had been used had its limitations, as it could not ensure long-term protection and did not protect children below 2 years of age.
This immunization campaign is also currently taking place in countries most affected by the disease - Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Over 700,000 cases of meningitis were reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) between 1995 and 2003.
According to indications from Niger’s health ministry, between 1986 and 2010, on average more than 4,000 cases of meningitis were recorded in the affected countries with 300 deaths.
-0- PANA SA/TBM/IBA/PAP/MA 15Dec2010