Amidst the most severe diphtheria outbreak in recent global history, UNICEF Nigeria is issuing an urgent warning regarding the crucial need for widespread vaccination.
UNICEF’s data reveals that the diphtheria outbreak in Nigeria has led to over 11,500 suspected cases, with more than 7,000 confirmed cases and 453 fatalities, predominantly affecting children.
Dr. Rownak Khan, UNICEF Representative, emphasized that the majority of reported cases involve children aged 4 to 15 who haven’t received any essential vaccinations, underscoring the immediate necessity for vaccination efforts in the country.
UNICEF is actively supporting the Nigerian government in combating the outbreak, including procuring vaccines for the response. They have already supplied 9.3 million doses of diphtheria vaccines to affected states like Kano, Bauchi, Borno, Yobe, Katsina, Kaduna, and Jigawa. An additional 4 million doses are being acquired and will be provided to the government in the coming weeks.
UNICEF Nigeria is calling on partners, stakeholders, and the global community to unite and ensure that every child in Nigeria receives life-saving vaccines.
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