More

    Lack of childhood immunisation fuelling Diphtheria – NCDC

    Published By:

    According to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( NCDC), a shortage of childhood immunizations has contributed to an outbreak of the deadly throat disease diphtheria in some regions of the nation.

    The Director-General of the Agency, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, who spoke about the development on a television programme, said that there were 34 deaths recorded over the weekend from the outbreak which hit four states.

    Adetifa said, “Diphtheria, a vaccine preventable disease that used to be common decades ago is on the increase in some states in Nigeria. The fact that there is a resurgence suggests that there is significant reduction in vaccination coverage among pockets of the population and this reduced pockets of immunity has given rise to the cases we have seen.

    “It is not a matter of diphtheria spreading from state to state, the bacteria that causes the disease is present everywhere and it spreads, and any state in which you find the disease now is likely to be associated with suboptimal vaccination rates, either in general or in particular in pockets of population. Failure of childhood vaccination in the failed states is causing the diphtheria outbreaks.

    “Kano has highest number of cases followed by Yobe, by weekend, there were 34 deaths in total. We are in a good place to help but is important that patients are recognised early, and diagnosis made quickly out so that treatment can commence immediately.”

    ADVERTISEMENT
    Queen Ferry
    Queen Ferry
    Chinyere Treasure Ikechukwu known professionally as Queen Ferry, is a Nigerian business Executive, Journalist and Content Editor. She serves as the Vice-Chairman of Naijatraffic Limited and also the CEO of Wakadaily. If Treasure is not blogging, she will be making delicious delicacy.

    Most Popular Read

    Edo Boy Billion Biography

    Seyi Okojie (born on 15 September 1997) is a super-talented Nigerian comedian popularly known by his stage name Edo boy billions. He originally hails...

    BBTitans: Why i was evicted – Sandra 

    Evicted Big Brother Titans housemate, Sandra Essiene, has explained reasons why she was evicted from the reality show. While speaking with Journalists, Sandra BBTitans blamed...

    Laycon Biography: Full Name, Age, Facts, Education, Record Label, Career, Awards, Songs, Net Worth

    Olamilekan Massoud Al-Khalifah Agbeleshebioba (born 8 November 1993) Better known as Laycon is a Nigerian media personality, rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. He emerged as...

    BBTitans: I am bisexual, I don’t enjoy sex – Nana

    Big Brother Titans housemate, Nana has revealed that she doesn't enjoy sex, adding that she is bisexual and had done a lot of dirty...

    Iyabo Ojo’s daughter, Priscilla lists 45 reasons why she loves her on her 45th birthday

    Priscilla, daughter of Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo, has listed 45 reasons why she loves her mom on her 45th birthday. The 21-year-old highlighted her mother’s...

    Justin Dean threatens to sue Korra Obidi over her newly released tell-all book

    Popular dancer and singer Korra Obidi’s husband Dr Justin Dean threatened to sue her over her newly released tell-all book. Wakadaily learnt that Korra recently...

    I’m ready to work with Obi, Kwankwaso, says Atiku

    The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has said he is in talk with the candidates of the New Nigerian People...

    Gospelvics Biography: Full Name, Age, Education, Career, Net Worth

    Victor Fidelis Ameh (born on 10th October 1997) professionally known by his stage name Gospelvics also known as Spanner is a Nigerian comedian, Singer,...

    China supports couples to have multiple children

    In order to encourage families to have more children, the city of Jinan in eastern China's Shandong Province started to distribute cash subsidies this...

    Peace Olayemi Biography: Age, Education, Career

    Peace Olayemi known by her Twitter handle as Peacehochub is an endowed Nigerian entertainer, influencer, model, and p*rn star. She is a figure who claimed...