Dr Faisal Shuaibu, the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, revealed that a diphtheria outbreak in Kaduna State has resulted in the tragic deaths of 20 children.
Shuaibu, also serving as the Co-Chairman of the Presidential Task Force Team on Diphtheria, disclosed that a total of 156 cases of this deadly infection have been reported in the state so far.
Following an assessment of the Kaduna Diphtheria Treatment Centre at Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, the NPHCDA boss conveyed this information to journalists on Wednesday.
At least 20 people have died as a result of a Diphtheria outbreak in Kaduna State, according to Dr Faisal Shuaibu, the Executive Director and CEO of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency.
Shuaibu also reported that there have been 156 confirmed cases of the infection in the North-Western state. Speaking at a briefing at the Kaduna Diphtheria Treatment Centre, Shuaibu emphasized the importance of following safety protocols and being aware of the symptoms of diphtheria in order to seek immediate treatment.
He also highlighted that Kaduna State is one of the states with the highest number of diphtheria cases in the country.
Diphtheria, caused by the corynebacterium species, is an infection that affects the nose, throat, and occasionally the skin. Symptoms of this bacterial infection include fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, red eyes, and breathing difficulties.
The first recorded case of diphtheria occurred in two wards of Jema’a Local Government Area in the southern part of the state in March 2023. Since then, the disease has spread to other areas.