Federal Government develops national diphtheria laboratory as cases hit 8,406
Written by Joey Shekwonuzhibo on October 3, 2023
The Federal Government is finalising the development of the National Diphtheria Laboratory to conduct preliminary and confirmatory testings of the disease in the country.
This is even as the government said there have been 13,204 reported suspected cases, out of which 8,406 were confirmed cases from 114 Local Government Areas in 18 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
The Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, disclosed this on Tuesday at a press briefing on the update of the disease in Abuja.
Of the 8,406 confirmed cases, 6,202 (73.7 per cent) were aged 1-14 years.
The NCDC boss noted that the Federal Ministry of Health through the NCDC and National Primary Health Care Development Agency, and partners has continued to work with the Ministry of Health of affected states to respond to diphtheria outbreaks across different states in the country.