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Bauchi refutes report of new cases of Diptheria

18 September 2012, 11:29

Bauchi  - Nisser Umar, the Executive Secretary, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, has refuted reports on the outbreak of new cases of Diphtheria in the state.

He said the cases being reported occurred two months ago at Duzun in Katagum Local Government Area.

According to him 36 children were affected in the incident and only one tested positive to diptheria.

``Immediately we received a report on that, we took appropriate action to contain the disease by sending an emergency response team to the community.

``Samples were brought to laboratory to confirm the type of ailment; Only one sample out of the six we sent was confirmed to be diphtheria’’, he said.

Umar said that the children were immediately treated, adding that all children under five years in the community were  vaccinated and provided with nutritional supplements and antibiotics.

The executive secretary said the agency had also organised awareness campaign on the importance of utilising healthcare services.

Similarly, the Commissioner for Health, Sani Malami, also confirmed to NAN on telephone that no case of diphtheria was recorded in the state recently.


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