The number of children with meningocogue or meningitis has increased dramatically with 165 cases and five deaths in May, according to the Ministry of Health. There were more than 305 cases of meningocogue s across the country, double the number in the same period last year.
Variable weather conditions during the summer season, including the occurrence of heavy rains, create conditions conducive to the spread of meningo-encephalitis in the North.
Medical workers worry that the number of such patients has risen in recent years because it’s hard to diagnose afflicted infants as they usually experience only a sore throat and a fever.
Moreover, the death rate is very high if the disease is discovered late and about 10 percent suffer permanent brain damage.
Heightened public awareness is needed this time of year. Parents should take their children to clinics for vaccination and should also maintain personal hygiene and eat clean food. When infants have fever, they need to be taken to the hospital immediately.