The Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BSPHCDA) has identified a diphtheria outbreak in six of the state’s local government districts.
Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, the agency’s executive chairman, confirmed the outbreak at a news conference in Bauchi on Wednesday, according to NAN.
He stated that since January 2023, the agency has collected 58 samples from suspected cases of the disease.
“Two of the three confirmed diphtheria cases died in the state’s Jama’are Local Government Area.” These incidences are predominantly among nomads and youngsters who have received no immunisations. The condition affects children aged eight months to four years, with one incidence involving a seven-year-old youngster. “Because of reported suspected cases of the disease in a school, the agency had closed schools in Jama’are,” he said.
According to Mohammed, the organisation would increase inoculation of students in schools throughout the impacted communities.
Meanwhile, the agency has confirmed a Yellow Fever outbreak after receiving reports of 248 suspected cases in the LGAs of Dambam, Ganjuwa, and Jama’are.
“We have nine presumptive positive cases, of which five have been confirmed,” he stated, while also lamenting the delays in collecting laboratory findings for suspected cases.
“Samples from the states are sent to the National Reference Laboratory in Abuja, from where they are taken to Dakar, Senegal; that is the problem we are facing,” he explained.