The Kano State government has disclosed that an outbreak of diphtheria infection has claimed 61 lives in the State.
The Kano State Case Manager, Dr Salma Suwaid, disclosed this on Monday during a webinar organised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Prevention with the theme ‘Diptheria outbreak in Nigeria: Vaccination Response.’
Oyo News learnt that a total of 783 patients have been on admission so far. Of this number, 360 were females and 423 were males.
According to her, 83% of deaths occurred in patients with the onset of symptoms greater than three days and an average of 15 admission days.
While 68% of patients have been discharged, 1.66% absconded and 12.2% died.”
On the preliminary assessment of patients, she said the space which is dedicated to triaging is adequately staffed and equipped with the necessary equipment for resuscitations.
“Crowd control personnel are stationed, suspected cases are identified, cases are categorised according to severity, swabs are taken and all healthcare workers adhere to safety precautions”, she said.
Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection caused by the bacterium called Corynebacterium species that affects the nose, throat, and sometimes, skin of an individual.
Diphtheria spreads easily between people through direct contact with infected people droplets from coughing or sneezing, and contact with contaminated clothing and objects.