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Diphtheria:100 hospitalised, 2000 discharged as Kano govt begins contact tracing

The Kano State Government, on Sunday, disclosed that it has activated contact tracing teams to track patients affected by the diphtheria outbreak in the state, as more than 100 patients are on admission to hospital admission, while over 2,000 others have been treated and discharged.

The state Epidemiologist, Dr Abdullahi Karaunmata, who made the disclosure, while updating newsmen, on the outbreak in the state, disclosed that the teams have been deployed to the nooks and crannies of the state, especially in high burdened Local Government Areas.

According to Dr. Kauranmata, the diphtheria cases have been reported in 31, out of 44 LGAs in the state.

Furthermore, he said it has constituted two centres for the treatment of patients, infected with Diphtheria.

The resurgence of diphtheria, according to him may be linked to the aftermath of the COVID-19  pandemic, which resulted in a lockdown and disruption of routine immunisation, leaving many children unimmunised on the other hand, due to the conduct of some parents or caregivers, who are hesitant to take their wards for immunization.

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