Atiku Abubakar Expresses Concern Over Diphtheria Outbreak
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who is also the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has voiced his deep concern regarding the outbreak of Diphtheria in Nigeria.
Understanding the Severity of Diphtheria
Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection that primarily affects the nose and throat.
It is caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae bacteria, which produce harmful toxins.
The disease can lead to various health complications, including breathing difficulties, heart rhythm disturbances, and even fatalities. Importantly, Diphtheria is preventable through vaccination.
Diphtheria’s Alarming Spread
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) recently confirmed the presence of Diphtheria in over 105 Local Government Areas (LGAs) across 18 states of Nigeria, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The reported statistics are concerning, with 7,202 confirmed cases and 453 recorded deaths, particularly among children below the age of 14.
Atiku’s Worries and Call to Action
In response to this alarming situation, Atiku Abubakar took to his official social media handle to express his worries.
He acknowledged the rapid spread of Diphtheria and the potential for it to become an epidemic.
A Plea for Government and Agency Intervention
Atiku Abubakar directed his message to the federal and state governments, as well as all relevant agencies involved in healthcare.
He urged them to intensify efforts to combat the spread of this dangerous disease.
The Need for Swift Action
In his statement, Atiku expressed empathy for the families and parents affected by this severe bacterial infection.
He emphasized the importance of prompt and decisive measures to control the Diphtheria outbreak, as it poses a significant threat to public health.
A Call to Prevent an Escalating Epidemic
Atiku’s call for action underscores the urgency of addressing the Diphtheria outbreak in Nigeria and preventing its escalation into a full-fledged epidemic.
The former Vice President’s message serves as a reminder of the critical role that healthcare authorities and relevant agencies play in safeguarding public health and well-being.