Argument after Meningitis

Nigeria is becoming a dead zone day by day (that’s if it isn’t yet o… hmm). Did you hear about the on going Cerebrospinal Meningitis epidemic that have killed about 300 Nigerians especially in the northern part? Even their ‘able’ governor said it’s a wrath of God for too much sin committed against him… sad isn’t it? Anyways his goofing isn’t even the main reason for this Asiri weh I carry come so.

So in bid to educate people/create awareness on the dangers of this killer disease CSM, U.K. Based Nigerian Doctor, Obinna Aligwekwe made a post, he said “MENINGITIS: Symptoms, Prevention and Treatment.

First off, let me say this;

If you suspect that you, or any loved one has had prolonged contact with anybody who is strongly suspected to have MENINGITIS, please go and take the tablet RIFAMPICIN 600mg TWICE daily for two days.

The Tablet Rifampicin is mainly used for treating Tuberculosis, but is globally used for prophylaxis against Meningitis. Being a TB drug, it should be widely available in Nigeria.

While the government seeks to generate funds for the meningococcal vaccine, this measure can be lifesaving for contacts of those infected.

Now, we go to the main issue of the disease

MAJOR SYMPTOMS

1. Headache

2. Fever

3. A very strong aversion for light. The person always looks away from bright light and prefers dark rooms.

4. Difficulty in moving the Neck. Moving the neck causes severe pains.

5. Previous contact with someone who was diagnosed with meninigitis.

Anybody who has most, or all of the above symptoms, and currently lives, or recently lived in the areas currently affected by meningitis, should be isolated until treatment is complete.

PREVENTION

It should be noted, that the most effective form of prevention is VACCINATION with the MENINGOCOCCAL Vaccine. Since this vaccine is currently lacking, I will highlight other measures.

1. Avoid prolonged personal contact with people suspected, or confirmed to be infected.

2. Avoid sharing personal items with people suspected, or confirmed to be infected.

3. If contact has already occurred, please seek the tablets I mentioned above (Rifampicin), in addition to going to hospital for further evaluation.

4. If you come down with any of the symptoms above, go to the hospital IMMEDIATELY and avoid people touching you unecessarily.

TREATMENT

Once meningitis is strongly suspected or confirmed, please DO NOT STAY AT HOME. Go to a hospital with facilities where you can get an IV line, isolation room, and the required antibiotics for treatment.

Once you have all or most of the above symptoms, you have no business being at home.

Share as widely as possible in all our different languages as you may save a life.”

A lot of people have been commending while some others have been calling for his head, reason being that Rifampicin is a prescription drug with severe adverse effects and shouldn’t be taken without a written doctor’s prescription. People that have no atom of diplomacy in them were even abusing him and he has been giving it to them bumper to bumper

One of them attackers, Olusola Osineye posted on his wall “Nigerians on social media are sharing an update that has the treatment regime for meningitis. SMH

The daft update was written by a qualified doctor based in the UK.

These folks love getting ‘likes’ and having their updates shared so much that they lose their head and professionalism. I have never seen a more irresponsible update on social media.

The doctor actually wrote a detailed treatment, including prescribing Antibiotics to people who may end up over-dosing or under-dosing based on lack of understanding of the post.

If he did that in the UK and something went wrong, he has exposed himself to prosecution. If someone should die by following his irresponsible Facebook treatment regime, he would be liable. That probably explains why many Nigerian medical professionals constantly face fitness to practise sittings. The professional ethics practise by many of them is primitive.

That update is irresponsible.

There’s too much ignorance in Nigeria. And sadly this ignorance is promoted by the so-called educated ones who are desperate to form expert on facebook. SMH”

Sunday Akoji a trained Pharmacist equally based in the diaspora commented “If he has left the part where he recommended an antibiotic prophylaxis, the update would have been great. But issuing prescription for an antibiotic prophylaxis during an epidemic on FB? That’s risky.”

Olusola replied him “Where he claimed to be practising, antibiotic as prophylaxis is viciously frowned against. He knows it, but doubling down on his  misyarn. He does not want to lose face, so he started attacking.

Anyone who is a trained pharmacist or doctor knows he goofed. Only mumus are hailing him.

And all medical professionals in the world know that making a generic prescription is wrong. Self medication is also wrong and dangerous.

I have nothing to gain by arguing with them. Let them continue to argue amongst themselves. Those who know are just looking at him with one kain eye.”

Sunday replied him saying “I called his attention to the fact that the particular regimen he recommended was used ONLY in the US on people who had contact with index cases. But knowing Nigerians to be gullible, even those who have no business taking the prophylaxis will jump at it. That will be double wahala in the management of multi-drug resistant TB, should that particular recipe in the TB cocktail fail.

Noticed I was careful not to mention the name of the magenin?”

Ayam patiently waiting on Obinna to give him a clap and be sure that once he does, I wee carryam come meet my precious Asiri lovers?

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