Dr Uthman Mubashir, a public health physician, on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to provide adequate vaccines for the prevention of meningitis in the country.
Mubashir, a Consultant at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin.
He said that the country was presently contending with an extreme heat wave and an outbreak of the disease in parts of the country.
According to the consultant, meningitis tends to set in at the peak of the dry season due to the hot weather.
He described meningitis as an inflammation of the membranes (meninges) surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
Mubashir added that the swelling of the membranes always triggered symptoms such as headache, fever, and a stiff neck.
“People should avoid overcrowded areas and people having an excessive cough, ” he said.
He blamed the extreme heat wave on the activities of man, saying that the destruction of the eco-system, as well as tree felling, were some of the causes of the hot weather.
“This heat is man-made. Let us save the environment for man and save man from himself,” he said.