Kano records 61 diphtheria deaths — NCDC



The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) has disclosed that no fewer than 61 diphtheria deaths have been recorded in Kano State


The Kano State diphtheria case manager disclosed this on Monday at a webinar organised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) with the theme ‘Diptheria outbreak in Nigeria: Vaccination Response’.


Suwaid said a total of 783 of which 360 male and 423 female diphtheria patients have been admitted so far in Kano.


She added that the average hospital stay of the patients is four days.


“Eighty-three per cent of deaths occurred in patients with the onset of symptoms greater than three days and an average of 15 admission days,” she said.

“Sixty-eight per cent of patients have been discharged, 1.66 per cent absconded, and 12.2 per cent died.”


Adejoke Oladele, the representative of the director, of disease control and immunisation at, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), said the agency is working closely with the NCDC and partners to ensure a rapid increase in diphtheria vaccination coverage


“Apart from clinical and immunisation interventions, risk communication engagement activities are also carried out in affected communities. We are leveraging on structures implemented for COVID to ensure an effective response,” she said.


Diphtheria is a bacterial infection caused by the corynebacterium species that affect the nose, throat, and sometimes, skin of an individual.


Some symptoms of diphtheria include fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, red eyes, neck swelling, and difficulty in breathing.


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