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FG advised by WHO to increase routine diphtheria vaccination

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged the Federal Government to increase routine diphtheria vaccination to control the outbreak of the highly contagious bacterial disease.


This call was made by Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General, during an online media conference on Wednesday, News Agency of Nigeria reported.


Tedros revealed that Nigeria was experiencing a severe outbreak of diphtheria with over 9000 suspected cases reported across 17 states, resulting in 307 deaths.