Diphtheria Outbreak: KNSG Recorded Over 9,000 Cases, 500 Died – Dr. Labaran

Written by Pyramid FM Kano


Kano state government has assured its readiness to partner with relevant stakeholders to fight against the Diphtheria outbreak in the state.

State Commissioner for Health Dr. Abubakar Labaran Yusuf announced this during the Press briefing on the Diphtheria Mass Vaccination Campaign in the state.

He said, following the confirmation, Kano state ministry for Health with the support of Nigeria Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) and development partners mounted a prompt strategic and well-coordinated respond to contain and control the spread of the disease.

“From December,2022 to September,2023 Kano state recorded 9,269 suspected cases from 43 Local Government Areas out of which 6,695 are confirmed through laboratory testing epidemiological linkage and clinically compatibility. More than 5,300 cases were admitted out of which 4,593 were successfully treated and discharged. So far from December, 2022 to date, about 500 cases died from the disease.

Currently, 116 active cases are on admission receiving treatment. The data has shown that, we are making progress evidenced by continues decline in the number of cases reported daily,” The commissioner said.

Dr. Abubakar Labaran Yusuf further said, Kano state government is doing everything possible to control the spread of the disease which includes, the establishment of Diphtheria Technical working group, activation of an incident management system (IMS), development of costed incident management system (IAP), community sensitization through media especially Radio jingles, different engagement of traditional and religious leaders, training and retraining of healthcare workers, establishment of Diphtheria treatment centres at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital and infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), routine immunization intensification campaigns as well as Reactive Vaccination in the high burden local government areas across the state.

“To consolidate the the success, Kano state ministry for Health with the support of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCD) and development partners has concluded necessary arrangement to conduct 3 Rounds of mass Diphtheria Vaccination Campaign across 22 high burden local government areas in order to interrupt the transmission of the infections in the state. The first phase of the campaign was concluded in 8 metropolitan local government areas were more than 660,000 people aged 4 to 14 years were vaccinated. The second phase of the campaign will commence on 30th September 2023 in the remaining high burden local government areas, targeting 1,500,000 people aged 4 to 14 years and will received 3 doses of the Diphtheria vaccine using TD vaccine, children less than 4 years of age will be vaccinated with the pentavalent vaccine”. The commissioner added.

He called on people to patronize the effort of Kano state government for the visit of any center and receive their vaccine.

Dr. Abubakar Labaran Yusuf appreciate the effort of Kano state government for prioritizing the health and welling the good people of the state. He also appreciate the contribution of development partners for their continues support to the state.

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