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Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by udomoh(m): 9:41am On Jul 13, 2019
A social media influencer and UK based medical doctor explains why meningitis is NOT caused by heat contrary to popular beliefs and reasons it is common in Northern Nigeria.

She also proffer solutions to the meningitis problem in Northern Nigeria and Nigeria in general.

Meningitis is not caused by heat

Meningitis is not caused by heat

Meningitis is not caused by heat

Meningitis is not caused by heat

Meningitis is not caused by heat

Meningitis is not caused by heat

It is caused by bacteria/viruses.

Thank you.

This is a simple short story written to help you understand everything about meningitis (called koli/yirunyirun in yorubaland).

What to do

What it is

How to prevent it

Why it happens

How it looks like

And everything else, read here.

So why is it common in Northern Nigeria?

It is a combination of many factors which increase the risk for northerners- but being a “hot” region is not a cause for meningitis at all.

A lot of hot places in the world like Dubai, Iran, Qatar, and many places in the Middle East don’t have as much cases of meningitis as much as we do- if they have any at all.

Infact according to the WHO, the highest burden of the disease is in a curious zone called “the meningitis belt” of sub-Saharan Africa, stretching from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia in the east.

This definitely includes Nigeria- particularly Northern Nigeria. This meningitis belt still reports around 30 000 cases each year.

In major epidemics, the attack rate range is 100-800 people per 100,000.

But some communities can have attack rates as high as 1000 per 100,000.

So why is Meningitis quite common in the North of Nigeria?

First reason is Immunization.

There’s massive ignorance and confusion surrounding immunization.

A lot of people are not aware about immunization and so never get their children immunised against meningitis.

Some who are aware are terribly misinformed. They see immunization as a low-key American way of sterilising their children/women.

So they turn down opportunities for immunising themselves and kids- and when the meningitis bacteria/virus comes calling- they will pick up the call.

Sadly effective disease control can only be achieved with massive vaccination as the initial step.

Unfortunately, the effectiveness of the vaccine itself also depend on the coverage.

So while there are vaccines, many northerners are either unaware, uninformed or uninterested.

Overcrowding- which makes disease spread easily.

Widespread poverty- making them not healthy on the average with weak immune system.

Stark illiteracy- no education.

Excessive ignorance- on immunization.

Cold nights- promoting chest infections and colds.

These are the issues.

There’s also superstition.
Back in 2017, a sitting governor in Zamfara labelled meningitis as a “punishment from God” for fornication.

If a governor is that illiterate, what do you think would be the intellectual situation of the average person in that state/region?

So finally, the answer is simple:

Fight ignorance and illiteracy.

Tackle poverty.

Make vaccinations free and mandatory.

Provide health education.

Address homelessness and overcrowding.

These are the simple things we can do to effectively address meningitis as a country.

Thanks.

https://nimedhealth.com.ng/2019/07/13/meningitis-is-not-caused-by-heat-reasons-it-is-common-in-northern-nigeria-dr-olufunmilayo/?amp

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Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by Skyfornia(m): 9:42am On Jul 13, 2019
Noted... I'm more interested in what causes hunger even after consuming two wraps of fufu. I no poo and I no pee....so where the fufu waka go?

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Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by dominique(f): 10:01am On Jul 13, 2019
Same way pneumonia is not caused by cold, it's caused by a bacteria.

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Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by aooakakka: 10:03am On Jul 13, 2019
lol good
Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by Amuluonyenaego: 10:03am On Jul 13, 2019
QUACKS TALKING, WHY THEN DOES IT HAPPEN ONLY IN HOT SEASON AND WHY IS IT THAT THE GOVERNMENT ALWAYS COME UP WITH THE INJECTIONS DURING HOT SEASONS TOO.

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Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by noble2faith(m): 10:03am On Jul 13, 2019
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Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by TheMoniker: 10:03am On Jul 13, 2019
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This arrogant and proud guy talk from all sides of his mouth acting like “I know it all” cos he’s in UK I guess. Most of the things he Type doesn’t make any sense. But people like us that are faceless will kuku keep quiet like we don’t know even wheb we’ve been to over 15 countries and have vast knowledge.
I blocked him on Twitter cos to me he doesn’t have sense.

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Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by johnaruson(m): 10:03am On Jul 13, 2019
Why endemic in the north?
I've heard some doctors ask a patient on prognosis of tetanus if they visited northern Nigeria or visited hawusa Fulany camp or even have friends recently from the north. Just to over rule out the possibilities of meningitis.

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Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by zoedew: 10:04am On Jul 13, 2019
Tell them!
Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by BruncleZuma: 10:04am On Jul 13, 2019
grin grin grin grin

Louder doctor, most of them have hearing deficiencies and cannot hear you.

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Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by Johnkay01: 10:04am On Jul 13, 2019
Okay, quack Doctor

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Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by Bitterleafsoup: 10:04am On Jul 13, 2019
All jokes aside it kills in 24 hours, this can be spread easily with a cough. They are doing serious population control in the North.

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Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by Ikem11(m): 10:05am On Jul 13, 2019
dominique:
Same way pneumonia is not caused by cold, it's caused by a bacteria.

Bacteria through cold or flu

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Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by Christmasdon(m): 10:06am On Jul 13, 2019
S.he doesn't know what s.he is saying.
Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by jericco1(m): 10:06am On Jul 13, 2019
this is an eye opener to all of us. thanks
Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by Mekanus(m): 10:07am On Jul 13, 2019
Gbam
Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by RDPMAN: 10:10am On Jul 13, 2019
Noted smiley
Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by Egalitarian1: 10:11am On Jul 13, 2019
Constructive submission thus,I can't complain but concur.
Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by Pepperoniq(m): 10:12am On Jul 13, 2019
Ikem11:


Bacteria through cold or flu
So Meningitis should be Bacteria through heat
Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by justmenoni: 10:14am On Jul 13, 2019
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Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by dukedom(m): 10:15am On Jul 13, 2019
Hmmmmm
Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by tardell007(m): 10:15am On Jul 13, 2019
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Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by Mekanus(m): 10:15am On Jul 13, 2019
dominique:
Same way pneumonia is not caused by cold, it's caused by a bacteria.
Yea, Streptococcus pneumoniae

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Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by stanliwiser: 10:16am On Jul 13, 2019
Noted
Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by patorial(m): 10:17am On Jul 13, 2019
This bet9ja guy has been making Nairaland boring for me this time around

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Re: Meningitis Is NOT Caused By Heat - Dr Olufunmilayo by Nobody: 10:20am On Jul 13, 2019
dominique:
Same way pneumonia is not caused by cold, it's caused by a bacteria.
But cold is an enabler.
So they actually have a lot in common.when u are down with cold, ur immune system is down too so any yamayama can enter.
Cold is upper respiratory track infection, the passage is sensitive and bacteria that can affect such part of the body can easily enter and multiply rapidly.

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