He said about 25 to 26 states in Nigeria are in the meningitis belt. Apart from being in the meningitis belt, the global nature of the world today and high mobility of Nigerians has rendered the issue of being in meningitis belt irrelevant.
Speaking during the flag-off ceremony at the Area 2 Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) on 09 August, 2019, the Executive Director (ED) of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib said, "Men A remains a major global challenge." According to the ED,"25 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) fall within the meningitis belt; putting 26.7 Nigerians at risk of meningitis".
This region is at the southern edge of the traditional meningitis belt in Africa (1), and the hospital has been supported by the international medical humanitarian organization Medecins Sans Frontieres since 2007.
There's a part of Africa that is so impacted by epidemics of bacterial meningitis, its nickname is the "Meningitis Belt." It's a belt in the dry region of Africa that has been prone to huge epidemics of bacterial meningitis every three to five years.