Diphtheria outbreak: Death toll rises to 520 in Kano

The Director General of Kano State Primary Healthcare Management Board, Dr Muhammad Mahmud has said that about 520 children are suspected to have lost their lives following the diphtheria outbreak in the state this year (2023).

Mahmud disclosed this while speaking to newsmen at a one-day media orientation on the diphtheria outbreak, supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund held in Kano on Tuesday.

The DG added that the cases were reported from 39 local governments out of the 44 local governments in the state, while the cases worsened within the eight metropolitan local governments.

He said UNICEF had this week delivered 1.2 million vaccines to the Kano State government in its continuing support to the government for response to the diphtheria outbreaks.

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