The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has said that tetanus and diphtheria are threats to pregnant women in the country.
The Executive Director of the agency, Dr Muyi Aina, disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja, saying immunization was urgently recommended for the safety of pregnant women and their babies.
According to Aina, recent cases had shown a direct correlation between these infections and loss of unborn babies, prompting a call for immediate action before noting that tetanus and diphtheria, once thought as rare, were resurfacing.
“The silent nature of these infections can catch many off guard, especially pregnant women, making it imperative to raise awareness about the potential dangers they pose during pregnancy,” he said.
Tetanus is an infection caused by a bacterium which enters the body through wounds or cuts and produces a toxin that affects the nervous system while Diphtheria is a bacterial infection that primarily affects the throat and nose, making breathing difficult.