Diphtheria Outbreak: FG blames poor immunization performance
The Federal Government through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says diphtheria outbreak was a clear indicator of poor immunization performance in the affected areas in Kano and other states.
The executive director of the agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, stated this in Abuja on Saturday while speaking on the recent diphtheria outbreak in Kano and other states.
Shuaib said diphtheria is a vaccine-preventable disease, adding that keeping up to date with recommended vaccines is the best protection against the disease.
He enjoined parents and caregivers in Kano State and other parts of the country to ensure that their children under one year are fully vaccinated with pentavalent vaccines and other childhood vaccines.
The childhood vaccines are bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG), Rota virus vaccine, polio vaccine, inactivated polio vaccines (IPV), measles vaccine, yellow fever vaccine and meningitis vaccine.
He said the agency was collaborating with Kano State and the affected local government areas, as well as all other stakeholders involved in immunisation service delivery to improve the routine immunisation performance in the state.