April 19, 2024
FG Begins Probe As Kano Throat Ailment Kills 25
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FG Begins Probe As Kano Throat Ailment Kills 25

An outbreak of diphtheria in Kano State, Nigeria, has claimed at least 25 lives as of January 13, 2023.

The disease, which is easily preventable through vaccination, was first recorded in the state in late 2022 and is being treated as an outbreak at Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital and Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.

At least 58 suspected cases of the disease have been documented, and medical personnel from the National Centre for Disease Control have been deployed to the state to help contain the outbreak.

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The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Aminu Tsanyawa, said that the low routine immunization in hard-to-reach areas of the state has contributed to the spread of the disease, but the state is now strengthening its routine immunization exercise.

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