In Kafanchan, Jama’a Local Government area of Kaduna State, a yet-to-be-identified respiratory tract infection has resulted in the tragic deaths of approximately 10 children between the ages of 3-13. The outbreak has sparked concerns among health authorities and local officials.
The Chief Medical Director of Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa Memorial Hospital in Kafanchan, Doctor Isaac Nathaniel, confirmed the outbreak in the region, alerting the community to take necessary precautions.
Comrade Yunana Markus Barde, the Executive Chairman of Jema’a Local Government Area, Kaduna State, urgently called on citizens to be vigilant and act swiftly if they notice children aged 0-13 years exhibiting symptoms such as difficulty in breathing, blocked airways, excessive throat pain, or a runny nose. Prompt identification and reporting of such signs are essential to prevent the outbreak from further escalation and becoming uncontrollable.
Comrade Barde emphasized the importance of cooperation from various stakeholders, including personnel in Primary Health Care, Traditional Institutions, Religious Leaders, and parents. He urged them to take appropriate action and report any suspected cases immediately. He expressed concern that some individuals may be hiding victims, and stressed that the impact of the outbreak extends beyond individual families, affecting the entire community.
Authorities from the Federal Capital Territory and Kaduna State are stepping in for intervention, highlighting the seriousness of the situation. Citizens of Jema’a Local Government Area are urged to cooperate fully with relevant authorities and disclose any suspected cases for prompt response and containment.
As the situation unfolds, the local government and health authorities are working diligently to identify the cause of the outbreak and implement measures to prevent further loss of lives. Prompt reporting, early detection, and swift action are crucial to curbing the spread of the infection and safeguarding the health and well-being of the community.