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NCDC Rolls Out Fresh Measures to Prevent Diphtheria in Nigeria

Written by on July 7, 2023

Following the first reported confirmed case of Diphtheria in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention NCDC says it has rolled out measures to check its spread.

This was just as the House of Representatives yesterday, urged the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC to ensure that the outbreak of the disease was contained effectively as well as reduce the fatality ratio in confirmed cases.

The NCDC stated that so far, a total of 80 deaths have been recorded among all confirmed cases in the country with a case fatality rate of 10.0.

The centre said it was aware of the death in June 2023, of a four-year-old with diphtheria in the FCT.

A statement signed by the Director General of NCDC, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, stated that the Centre has activated the diphtheria Incident Management System IMS in the FCT to coordinate outbreak response activities.

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