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Diphtheria: Osun Reactives Emergency Response Centres

Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun has ordered the immediate activation of the state emergency response centre to curb the further spread of diphtheria infections in the state

He also directed the state’s Ministry of Health to launch contact tracing and immediate treatment of the infected residents.

The directive was contained in a statement by the spokesperson to the governor Malam Olawale Rasheed, on Monday in Osogbo.

Based on the statement, the governor gave the directive after a situation report from the officials of the Ministry of Health on the outbreak of the infection, which claimed one life at Osogbo, with other suspected cases undergoing testing.

“I have directed that the state emergency response centre be reactivated as a matter of urgency. The confirmed case at Osogbo is to be immediately followed up with contact tracing to ascertain the status of those who had been in contact with the victim.

“Additionally, emergency treatment must be made available to the infected. We are in touch with the National Centre for Disease Control for the exchange of information and technical support.

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“I want to assure our people that proactive steps are being taken to nip in the bud any widespread escalation of the outbreak.

“Our people must be vigilant and observe precautions the Ministry of Health will soon be issuing.

“We must never forget to immunise our children and wards. Your government is on top of this medical development,’’ he stated.

The statement added that the Ministry of Health informed the governor of how the disease killed a six-year-old patient.

It said the baby developed the sign and symptoms on June 25 and died of the infection on July 7.

According to the statement, detailed case investigation, contact tracing, line listing, follow-up and active case search in the community of the index case and retroactive case search at the health facilities within the community are ongoing.

The Ministry of Health, according to the statement, advised members of the public to ensure that their children and wards are fully vaccinated, avoid crowded environments, consult doctors in case of symptoms, and to eat fruits and vegetables.