The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency NPHCDA has confirmed the death of 177 children following the outbreak of diphtheria in Nigeria, the official report has confirmed that it has claimed hundreds of lives of innocent children in Yobe State.
However, the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency NPHCDA executive director, Faisal Shuaib disclosed this pertinent information to the public during a visit to the diphtheria isolation centre in Potiskum centred in Yobe State for specialized treatment.
According to the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) “So far 1796 cases of the disease have been reported in the northeast state since the outbreak last year and was more prevalent among children between the ages of five to 14 years
“Dr. Shuaib who led the diphtheria emergency task team to the state expressed satisfaction with the diphtheria vaccination conducted in Potiskum and 17 other council areas. Another round of the vaccination exercise is scheduled for 12th October 2023”.
According to the World Health Organization, diphtheria is a contagious disease caused by the bacteria Corynebacterium diphtheriae and is fatal in 5-10% of cases, with a higher mortality rate in young children.
The WHO also confirmed on their official website that Nigeria has experienced a diphtheria outbreak across several states from 30 June to 31 August 2023 with a total of 5898 suspected cases reported from 59 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in 11 states.
Diphtheria has become a major concern issue in Nigeria and the Federal Government of Nigeria is providing every necessary resource in combating this deadly contagious disease.