The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has confirmed the outbreak of the deadly diphtheria in the federal territory, Abuja, after it claimed the life of a four-year-old boy out of eight reported cases.
The Director, FCT Public Health Department, Sadiq Abdulrahman, who announced this on Monday at a press briefing, said information available to it confirmed that the disease was imported from neighbouring Niger State.
He disclosed that two weeks ago, the department was alerted of a possible outbreak of the disease in Dei-Dei, with eight suspected cases reported, Daily Trust reports.
Abdulrahman added that the department immediately swung into action by activating its emergency response through which it collected samples for test at the National Reference Laboratory in Gaduwa as well as the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, noting that the outcome of the result which came last Friday, indicated that one came out positive out of the eight.
The director explained that the department was collaborating with neighbouring states to checkmate further spread of the disease from contagious states through border surveillance as he advised residents to take their personal hygiene seriously.
On his part, the Executive Secretary, Primary Health Care Board, Ishaq Vatsa, said diphtheria is caused by bacteria which signs includes fever, running nose, difficulty in breathing and can be transmitted through sneezing, droplets, coughing and contact with infected persons.
Vatsa advised residents to visits the over 400 vaccines outlets across the territory to get vaccinated against the disease.