Diphtheria: Social mobilization committee holds emergency meeting in Yobe

Yobe state social mobilisation and community engagement sub working group has on Thursday held an emergency meeting at the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) in new Bra-Bra housing estate Damaturu.

The committee’s chairperson and director information services from the state Ministry fro home affairs, information and culture, Hajiya Husna Ibrahim, said the meeting was aimed at coming up with effective ways to educate and sensitized people on diphtheria and how to curtails it spread across the state.

According the the committee chairperson, diphtheria is an acute and highly contagious bacterial disease that causes inflammation of nervous membranes in the throat which hinders breathing and swallowing.

She said the outbreak of the infectious disease affects the nose and throats.
Husna revealed that,this called for an emergency meeting by the state social mobilisation and community engagement sub working committee to review the work of the committee and come up with strategies of effective communication about the disease.

According to the chairperson, the meeting was also called to communicate and educates on the dangers of the disease as well as to curtails the spread of the disease.

She further revealed that the state has recorded outbreak of the disease in some parts of the state hence the need for the committee to meet for necessary action.

“The committee consist of stakeholders from all the line ministries, health sector, development partners and journalist who gave an update on their engagement in curtailing the spread of the disease.

“Part of the successes of the committee on risk communication is communicating to religious leaders, engagement of house to house mobilisers where 1085 volunteer, community mobilisers and 108 volunteer, wards supervisors across the 17 LGAs deliberated on measures taken to stop the spread of this out break,” Ibrahim said.