The Federal Government admitted that it was caught off guard by the outbreak of Type C of meningitis which has killed about three hundred and thirty six persons in the country.
This came as one person was confirmed dead in Cross River State following.
Minister of State, Health, Doctor Osagie Ehanire, who spoke to State House correspondents on the outcome of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, said the government would stop the disease from spreading.
Doctor Ehanire said he briefed the council on the outbreak and responses by the ministry and the state governments concerned along with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, Nigeria Primary Health Care Development Agencies, World Health Organization, UNICEF and other partners.
He said what made the outbreak to be peculiar was that it was caused by a different meningitis germ, which is the Type C.