The Kano state government has confirmed an outbreak of diphtheria and recorded 100 suspected cases, of which 8 were confirmed and 3 deaths, from 13 local government areas in the state.
State Health Commissioner Dr Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa said this at a press conference on the diphtheria and Lassa fever outbreak in the state.
As of 20 January 2023, we have recorded 100 suspected cases in 13 local government areas namely Ungogo, Nassarawa, Bichi, Dala, Dawakin Tofa, Dawakin Kudu, Fagge, Gwale, Kano Municipal, Kumbotso, Rano and Gwarzo, 8 confirmed cases out of 100 suspected cases, pending further results. Three of the eight confirmed cases have died and 22 of the other probable cases have died. ” He said.
According to him, Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital and Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital notified the epidemiology department of the ministry of suspected cases of diphtheria and the ministry mobilized its team to investigate.
Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa further revealed that 27 patients are currently being treated while 41 patients have been successfully discharged.
He also said that on January 10, the Public Health Emergency Operations Center received a report of a suspected Lassa fever case from the Mohammad Abdul Rahivas Teaching Hospital, and sent personnel to investigate. Three days later, a sample test result was positive for Lassa fever.
“Ten samples were taken from high-risk contacts of the index case, three of which were positive, and a total of four cases are currently being managed at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Isolation Centre,” Dr Tsanyawa said.
The commissioner also said that the Kano state government had activated the kwanar Dawaki isolation center to isolate Lassa fever cases, adding that yargaya staff had been trained and transferred to the isolation center where medicines and consumables were provided and functioning complete.
He noted that the Ministry of Health, through the Primary Health Care Regulatory Board, is planning a routine immunization booster campaign to reach all unrecognizable children in local government areas affected by diphtheria cases.