January 22, (THEWILL) – The Kano State Government has confirmed the outbreak of Diphtheria disease and recorded 100 suspected cases.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, who disclosed this during a press conference, said 8 cases have been confirmed while three dead from 13 Local Government Areas have also been recorded in the state.
“As at 20th of January 2023, we have recorded 100 suspected cases from 13 Local Government R Areas, which are Ungogo, Nassarawa, Bichi, Dala, Dawakin Tofa, Dawakin Kudu, Fagge, Gwale, Kano Municipal, Kumbotso, Rano, and Gwarzo respectively. Of the 100 suspected cases, eight were confirmed, while waiting for more results. We have lost 3 among 8 confirmed and 22 among other suspected cases.
“The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry was notified by Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital and Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital of the suspected cases of Diphtheria, the Ministry mobilised its team to commence investigation,” he said.
He said 27 patients are on admission receiving treatment while 41 have been managed and discharged successfully.
Tsanyawa also said on “the 10th January, the Public Health Emergency Operation Centre received a report of suspected case of Lassa fever from Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital, team was deployed to investigate, sample was taken for laboratory test, 3 days later, the result turned positive for Lassa fever.
“10 samples were taken from the high-risk contacts of the index case, 3 become positive making a total of 4 cases currently managed at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital isolation center.”
The Commissioner also said the Kano State Government activated kwanar Dawaki isolation centre for isolating the Lassa fever cases, adding that staff of yargaya have been trained and transferred to the isolation centre where drugs and consumables were propositioned and are fully functional.
He pointed out that the State Ministry for Health, through the Primary Health Care management board is planning to conduct a Routine immunization intensification campaign to reach out to all eligible children in the affected Local Government Areas with Diphtheria cases.