A rare yet to be identified throat ailment has killed not less than 25 people in Kanos state, FG probe begins
An epidemic of diphtheria infection in Kano State since last Friday has claimed at least 25 lives as of Thursday.
According to our source, the child killer illness, which was first detected in the state in late 2022, is being treated as an outbreak at Kano’s Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital and Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.
Diphtheria infection, according to medical professionals, is a dangerous illness of the nose and throat that is readily avoided with immunizations.
Diphtheria symptoms include sore throat, hoarseness, swollen glands (enlarged lymph nodes) in the neck, trouble breathing or fast breathing, nasal discharge, fever, and weariness, according to specialists.
According to news reports, the sickness, which is thought to be infectious, was initially detected in the state’s Ungogo Local Government Area.
According to the state Ministry of Health, 58 probable instances of the illness were registered during the epidemic, with six patients admitted and 25 patients dying as to January 13, 2023.
Following the magnitude of the outbreak, the National Center for Disease Control, according to our source, despatched medical specialists to the state last week.
Médecins Sans Frontières, often known as Doctors Without Borders, has already created a case management center at Murtala Muhammed Hospital and has begun supplying vital medications.
Dr Aminu Tsanyawa, the State Commissioner for Health, confirmed the outbreak to press on Thursday, revealing that the state emergency preparation committee convened on the topic on Thursday morning.
He stated that the State Rapid Response team had been reestablished and that an index action plan had been put in place to combat the spread of diphtheria.
“Right now, we have given a budget to the government for this, and it has been approved,” the commissioner stated emphatically.
He said that the low rate of regular immunization, which hastened the spread of the disease, was attributable to the state’s difficult-to-reach areas.
He did, however, mention that the state is beefing up its regular immunization program.
Tsanyawa stated that, in addition to the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital being designated as an isolation center, other isolation centers will be developed to control the spread.