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“We are also working with partners to increase access to vaccines and antitoxin. This outbreak and others highlight the need to increase routine vaccination to stop these outbreaks before they start,” the WHO boss said.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on the federal government to increase routine vaccination to nip outbreaks in the bud.
Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, made the call during an online media conference.
Mr Tedros said Nigeria was experiencing a severe outbreak of diphtheria. According to him, more than 9000 suspected cases have been reported across 17 states, with 307 deaths.
According to the WHO chief, diphtheria is a highly contagious but vaccine-preventable disease caused by a bacterium which can be fatal in five to 10 per cent of cases, with a higher mortality rate in young children.
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