The National Biosafety Management Agency, NBMA has called on the general public to take precautionary measures in order to prevent and stop the spread of Diphtheria infection in the country.
The Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the NBMA, Dr. Rufus Ebegba gave the advise in a press statement signed and made available to journalists.
He stated that owing to the current spread of the disease it is important for the general public to take drastic steps to stop further infection and spread of the disease.
He said, “It is very important that Nigerians should be aware of the health risk Diphtheria disease poses and take caution by adhering to safety measures as the disease spreads further.
“The public can help stop the spread by reporting any case or symptom of Diphtheria to the nearest medical facility, National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Ministry of Health and other relevant Government Agency nearest to them.
“The symptoms for Diphtheria infection include sore throat, cough, drooling of saliva, change of voice, neck swelling, abnormal breathing, fever or mouth odour, among others.
“This illness can be transmitted from infected Diphtheria bacteria spread from person to person, usually through respiratory droplets, like from coughing or sneezing. People can also get sick from touching infected open sores or ulcers.
“Those at increased risk of getting sick include people in the same household, people with a history of frequent/close contact with the patient and people directly exposed to secretions from the suspected infection site (e.g., mouth, skin) of the patient.”
He said the NBMA was already taking proactive steps while working with other line Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government to ensure that biosecurity measures are taken to contain the disease.