Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has expressed concern over the recent Diphtheria outbreak in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria.
In a statement via his X- account, Atiku described the news as worrisome and expressed his sympathy for the families and parents who have lost loved ones to the disease.
He called for swift action from the government and relevant agencies to prevent further spread of the disease, which is rapidly turning into an epidemic.
According to reports, the disease has already spread to over 105 Local Government Areas (LGAs), spanning across 18 states of the federation, including Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
With 7,202 confirmed cases and 453 deaths, mostly among children below the age of 14, the situation demands urgent attention and action.
Atiku’s call to the Federal and State Ministries of Health and Social Welfare, the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), primary healthcare authorities, and all relevant agencies for a coordinated and collaborative approach to address the outbreak comprehensively.
“I am concerned that the media is reporting that the disease has spread to over 105 lgas across 18 states of the federation, including the fct, with 7,202 confirmed cases and 453 deaths, mostly of children below the age of 14.”
“my heart goes out to the families and parents of the victims of this dreaded disease. i urge the federal and the state ministries of health and social welfare, the ncdc, the primary healthcare authorities, and all relevant agencies to step up action to curtail the spread of this disease, which is quickly becoming an epidemic.”