Bauchi Govt Take Measures To Contain Diphtheria Outbreak


Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, Executive Chairman of the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency inspecting the vaccination exercise in Jama’are local government area of the State.

By Murtala Muhammad

Children in five local government areas affected by diphtheria outbreak in Bauchi state, are being vaccinated.

Executive Chairman of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency BSPHCDA, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed said the move was aimed at containing the spread of the disease.

Dr Rilwanu Mohammed who stated this during a monitoring visit to Jama’are local government area, the epicenter of the outbreak in the state said the exercise is simultaneously taking place in Dambam, Itas Gadau, Katagum and Zaki local government areas.

He said the target groups for the vaccination exercise were children between the ages of six weeks to four years who will receive Penta shots while aged four to fourteen years will receive toxoid TD.

The Executive Chairman of the BSPHCDA assured the Agency’s commitment and that of its partners towards addressing the spread of Diphtheria in all affected areas.

The state has succeeded in securing about nine hundred thousand doses of the vaccines for administering to the target age groups.

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