Yobe state government says it intensifies efforts to curtail the spread of Diphtheria in the state.
Dr. Muhammad Lawan Gana, the Eenior Special Assistant to the Gov Mai Mala Buni on Health matters stated this on Wednesday in Damaturu.
Gana who spoke during a coordination meeting of the health sector, said case diptheria were recorded in seven local government areas of the state.
“Diphtheria which is currently ravaging the country is now recorded in the state with the highest case records in Nguru.
“Other LGAs affected are Gulani, Bursari, Potiskum, Tarmuwa, Damaturu and Nangere.
“The active cases are currently in the isolation centres of Specialist Hospitals Potiskum and Damaturu,” he said.
Gana also said about 289 cases have been treated and discharged.
He said Yobe government and partners have been making various interventions in fighting the outbreak
He added that the sector is strategizing a more coordinated result oriented means of preventing, managing, and ending the cases in the state.
Gana observed that raining season was setting in, cases of malaria might complicate Diphtheria outbreak.
He therefore said there was need for massive sensitisation of the communities on the outbreak, especially how to prevent them.
He said the Ministry of Information would embark on advocacies, sensitisation and mobilisation of communities in order to curtail, manage and eradicate these avoidable diseases.