Massive vaccination campaign against meningitis is underway in Meghalaya. Since last year, the state has recorded 1,791 cases of meningitis, with 220 people dying of the disease. The increasing number of meningitis cases is a cause of concern for the state health authorities, who have stepped up awareness campaigns.

 In the country’s first mass vaccination campaign against meningitis, people in the age-group of 2 to 50 years, except pregnant women, would be administered the vaccine for free.   The first phase of the three-phase campaign, would cover 495 villages in the worst-hit districts of East Khasi Hills and Jaintia Hills. Hopefully, we should see fewer cases of meningitis in Meghalaya this year.Since meningitis is prevalent in other north-eastern states such as Tripura, increasing awareness and also providing preventive drugs will be helpful.

‘Meningitis is the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal chord known collectively as the meninges. The inflammation may be caused by infection with viruses, bacteria, or other microorganisms, and less commonly by certain drugs. Meningitis can be life-threatening because of the inflammation’s proximity to the brain and spinal cord.’  Source: Wikipedia.

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