Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State has issued a prompt order to reactivate the state’s emergency response center to contain the spreading of diphtheria infections in the region.
The governor has also instructed the Ministry of Health to initiate contact tracing and immediately treat affected residents.
This directive was announced in a statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, in Osogbo on Monday.
The statement explained that the governor’s decision came after receiving a situation report from officials of the Ministry of Health regarding the infection outbreak, which has already claimed one life in Osogbo, with other suspected cases currently being tested.
“As a matter of urgency, I have directed the immediate reactivation of the state emergency response center. The confirmed case in Osogbo should be followed up with thorough contact tracing to determine the status of individuals who have contacted the victim. Additionally, emergency treatment must be provided to those infected.
“We are communicating with the National Centre for Disease Control to exchange information and seek technical support. I want to assure our people that proactive measures are being taken to prevent the widespread escalation of the outbreak.
“Our citizens must remain vigilant and follow the precautions that the Ministry of Health will soon issue. We must never forget to immunize our children. Your government is fully committed to managing this medical situation,” the statement declared.
According to the statement, the Ministry of Health informed the governor that the disease claimed the life of a six-year-old patient. The child displayed symptoms on June 25 and passed away on July 7 due to the infection.
The statement also mentioned that detailed investigations, contact tracing, follow-up procedures, and active case searches are currently being conducted within the community of the initial case and retrospective searches at healthcare facilities in the area.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Health has advised the general public to ensure their children and wards are fully vaccinated, avoid crowded places, consult doctors if symptoms arise, and maintain a diet that includes fruits and vegetables.