453 deaths, 7,202 Diphtheria cases recorded in 18 states, says Fed Govt

Cyber Data Hub

The Federal Government has confirmed 7,202 cases of diphtheria with 453 deaths from 105 local government areas (LGAs) in 18 states, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as of September 24.

In a joint statement with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare said Kano accounts for 85.9 per cent, that is, 6,185 cases of the total 7,202 confirmed cases across the country.

The other states with reported cases are: Yobe (640), Katsina (213), Borno (95), Kaduna (16), Jigawa (14), Bauchi (eight), Lagos (eight), FCT (five), Gombe (five), Osun (three), Sokoto (three), Niger (two), Cross River (one), Enugu (one), Imo (one), Nasarawa (one) and Zamfara (one).

Read also: 160 stranded Nigerians repatriated from Libya

The government also said its findings showed that 80 per cent of the confirmed cases in the ongoing outbreak were unvaccinated.

Also, the government said individuals with signs and symptoms suggestive of diphtheria should promptly present to a healthcare facility or designated diphtheria treatment centres and, where possible, they and/or healthcare workers should notify their LGA, State Disease Surveillance Officer (DSNO), their states’ ministries of health helpline, or the NCDC through its toll-free line on 6232.

The statement reads: “Since the confirmation of the re-emergence of diphtheria in Nigeria in December 2022, the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), have continued to respond to diphtheria outbreaks across different states in the country.”

Read also: Customs Seizes Cannabis Sativa, Contraband Goods Worth N1.6bn, Arrests 9 Suspects

Read Also:   FG threatens ASUU with contempt over prolonged strike

“As of September 24, 2023, there have been 11,587 reported suspected cases, out of which 7,202 were confirmed cases from 105 LGAs in 18 states, including the FCT. Most (6,185) of the confirmed cases were recorded in Kano State.

“The majority (5,299 or 73.6 per cent) of the confirmed cases occurred among children aged one to 14 years with those aged between five and 14 years bearing most of the brunt of the disease. So far, a total of 453 deaths have occurred in confirmed cases, giving a case fatality rate (CFR) of 6.3 per cent.”

“Given the escalation of the outbreak and findings that 80 per cent of confirmed cases in the ongoing outbreak are unvaccinated, the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Muhammad Ali Pate, set up a national emergency task team co-chaired by the Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) and the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for higher level coordination of outbreak response efforts.

Read also: Off-Cycle Elections: INEC set to conduct mock accreditation of voters

“This includes ensuring optimal collaboration of all relevant health stakeholders in this fight. “Other prominent members of the task force are: the Director of Public Health in the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, representatives of the Federal Ministry of Information, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), USCDC, USAID, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and development partners.”

It added: “For the first time for any diphtheria outbreak, the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, through the NCDC and with WHO support, procured diphtheria antitoxin (DAT) and, more recently, intravenous erythromycin and distributed them to the affected states.

Read Also:   Poly Network Hacked with over $600Million Lost

“With support from partners and in collaboration with the states’ Ministries of Health, Diphtheria Treatment Centres/Wards have been established in affected states.

Read also: Asking Mohbad’s wife to submit son for DNA test is pure evil — Mary Njoku

“Intensification of routine diphtheria immunisation and reactive vaccination campaigns in 33 local government areas across five states – Bauchi, Katsina, Yobe, Kano, and Kaduna by the NPHCDA.

“Mobilised procurement of vaccines and essential logistics for three large-scale Outbreak Response campaigns in 56 LGAs across seven priority states – Bauchi, Borno, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, and Yobe.”


You may not republish, reproduce, or redistribute any content on this website either in whole or in part without due permission or acknowledgment.
Proper acknowledgment includes, but not limited to;

(a) LINK BACK TO THE ARTICLE in the case of re-publication on online media,

(b) Proper referencing in the case of usage in research, magazine, brochure, or academic purposes,.
All contents are protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act 1996 (DMCA).

The images, except where otherwise indicated, are taken directly from the web, if some images were inserted by mistake violating the copyright, please contact the administrator for immediate removal.

We publish all content with good intentions. If you own this content & believe your copyright was violated or infringed, please contact us at [] for immediate removal.

About the author

Excellence Chukwunaedu