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Kaduna Governor Sani’s Urgent Call to Action as Six Lives Fall Victim to Deadly Diphtheria Outbreak

At least six people, mainly children, have died with 12 others hospitalised following the outbreak of diphtheria disease at Kafanchan in Jema’a Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State.

In a statement released on Thursday, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mohammed Shehu, confirmed the outbreak of diphtheria in three wards of the LGA – Takau, Kafanchan A, and Kafanchan B. The disease, which broke out two weeks ago, has caused several residents to exhibit symptoms such as difficulty breathing, high fever, cough, weakness, sore throat, and neck swelling. Sadly, a four-year-old boy was the index case, and he passed away after 48 hours. Furthermore, five out of 17 new cases also succumbed to the disease within the affected wards.

The impact of the outbreak has led Governor Uba Sani to direct the State Ministry of Health to send an emergency team to investigate the cases. The team aims to facilitate the movement of affected individuals to well-equipped hospitals for proper management, conduct thorough contact tracing, and raise awareness within the affected communities and surrounding areas.

  1. Regular handwashing with soap and water
  2. Avoiding close contact with sick individuals
  3. Covering mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing
  4. Staying home from work or school if feeling unwell
  5. Staying active to boost immunity
  6. Reporting any suspected cases to health authorities

Governor Uba Sani is impressed with the swift response of health officials and urges them to continue their diligent efforts to contain and ultimately eradicate the disease.

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