Likewise, Kaduna State epidemiologists have been called upon to assist in determining the cause of the febrile illness in order to curtail spread of the disease.
The children’s agency pledges support to the Federal Government of Nigeria, deploys 9.3 million doses of vaccines to the affected states.
Rates Nigeria as high risk with 4,717 confirmed cases; calls for immediate vaccination and vigilant monitoring across the country.
The Federal Government moves to confront growing diphtheria crisis in 14 states, mobilizing an emergency multi-agency taskforce to curb community transmission.
UNICEF calls for increased funding, especially as children are the most affected.
NPHCDA has revealed that diphtheria has killed 83 people and infected 836 as of July 27 this year. Alongside the NCDC, it has ramped up support and response activities in affected states.
He also calls for increased road safety measures to curb reckless driving in Kano.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) on Thursday revealed that the country has recorded 798 confirmed cases and 80 deaths from diphtheria.
Nigeria gets a £2 million grant from the United Kingdom to boost the health workforce. Implementation of the grant will focus on Cross River, Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, and Lagos states.
Cholera cases surge in Nigeria, with Cross River state reporting 70 per cent of the cumulative cases and 50 per cent of all cholera deaths.