A deadly meningitis outbreak is taking hold in one of Nigeria’s poorest regions

Yomi Kazeem – April 06, 2017

Since late last year, northern Nigeria has been subject to an outbreak of cerebrospinal meningitis, with nearly 3,000 cases recorded—including 366 deaths. Zamfara, the worst-hit state, has recorded over 200 deaths.

Zamfara, a conservative and poor underdeveloped state in northwestern Nigeria, is vulnerable to such outbreaks and the overwhelmed state governor says it’s unlike previous outbreaks. “What we used to know as far as meningitis is concerned is the type A virus. The World Health Organization, WHO, has carried out vaccinations against this type A virus not just in Zamfara, but many other states,” governor Abdulaziz Yari said to reporters on Apr. 4.

It’s got the point Yari is even blaming sin for the outbreak, claiming it’s happening because “people have turned away from God.” “Because people refused to stop their nefarious activities, God now decided to send Type C virus, which has no vaccination.”