Niamey - The authorities in the West African state of Niger are slow to get grip on meningitis epidemic. As the United Nations announced yesterday, more than 3,000 cases of meningitis have been reported since January 2, 180 of them were fatal. The death rate is therefore 5.9 percent, around half of the victims were children between the ages of five and 14.
Since vaccination campaign by the Ministry of Health at the beginning of April, the number of new infections has been falling, the UN said - Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (). Meningitis is particularly common in the countries of the Sahel. Most recently, the bitterly poor country had to struggle with an epidemic in the first half of 2015, in which almost 8,600 people fell ill and 577 died.
Also neighboring Nigeria has been suffering from meningitis epidemic since November, which killed more than thousand people by early May. Hundreds of thousands have already been vaccinated there as part of (WHO).