FCTA raises alarm over breakout of diphtheria disease 

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Monday, raised alarm over the break-out of diphtheria disease in some parts of Abuja, with one death already recorded.

Diphtheria is said to be “a serious infection caused by strains, which can lead to difficulty in breathing, heart rhythm problems, and death.”

The director, FCT Public Health Department, Dr. Sadiq Abdulrahman, said results of samples taken from suspected cases in a village close to Dei-dei have established the breakout. 

He noted that a household of four persons had been identified in the area, while some of the results came  positive and one of the family members, an infant of about four years also died of the disease.  

Abdulrahman cautioned residents on personal hygiene, advising them to report any strange symptoms, especially relating to their respiratory health. 

He said:”Two weeks ago, we got information from a community within the FCT of about 8 suspected cases which triggered our team to pick some samples which were taken to the National Reference Laboratory Gaduwa and the NCDC. As at Friday afternoon, the results came out. Out of the eight suspected cases, one came out positive “.

He said the disease had been established in about three states across the country earlier this year. 

He added that, “As we are all aware, precisely in January this year, a national alert was sent out on the outbreak of Diptheria in about three states, Lagos, Kano and Ondo. 

“That triggered a national response and the NCDC which is the flagship of disease outbreak and response in the country, sent out a letter to all the states the FCT.”

Meanwhile, the executive secretary, FCT Primary Health Care, Dr. Yahaya Vatsa, said people most at risk are the unvaccinated ones that live in crowded areas and/or where there is poor sanitation.