Diphtheria: Over 14,000 Cases Reported in Nigeria, 5 States With The Highest Cases – NPHCDA

Written by Pyramid FM Kano


National Primary Healthcare Development Agency confirmed that over 14,000 cases of Diphtheria Outbreak has been reported in Nigeria.

The Executive Director of the agency Dr. Faisal Shu’aib stated this during his visit Kano state to assess the level of response for the control of the outbreak in the state.

“We are visiting Kano state to assess the level of the response, as you may be aware Kano state is among the states where Diphtheria Outbreak. What we are seeing now the state is doing well for making sure the outbreak is brought under control”. Dr. Faisal Shu’aib said.

The Executive Director NPHCDA said out of the number of cases five states which includes Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Borno and Yobe are the responsible for over 97 percent of the cases.

“We are conducting active case search, that’s going to communities, educating Nigerians about the symptoms and sign of Diphtheria, also we are doing a contact tracing, the more we do this contact tracing we are seeing additional cases even were in local government were we are not seen cases yet, we are asking a question about the disease. So that we don’t have a situation where optimum surveillance give us confidence there are reducing the Diphtheria cases,” He added.

Dr. Faisal Shu’aib further said, federal government is working with partners to make sure any response is require to bring this outbreak quickly under control.

He thanked president Bola Ahmad Tinibu for giving priority in the health sector which given directive through federal ministry of health to ensure few Nigerians suffer from the illness or death do to Diphtheria.

The Executive Director NPHCDA also commended Kano state through its Ministry for Health, State Primary Healthcare Management Board for the control of the outbreak with hope in the next few weeks everything will return to normalcy.

Dr. Faisal Shu’aib also called on people to always bring their children for immunization in order to protect them from the disease.

“We are seeing this crisis as an opportunity to strengthen the health system,we can’t allow this kind of crisis to continue. The principal lesson here is we need to have strong routine immunization system. Parents need to take their children for vacation. Over 80 percent of the cases that admitted have never vaccinated because the highest number of cases that have died died from the outbreak are those between the age of 5 to 14 years”. The Executive Director said.

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