Yellow fever outbreak: Ebonyi Govt. plans mass immunisation

Posted by Charles lwuoha, Enugu | 13 August 2019 | 734 times

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•Ebonyi Health Commissioner, Dr. Daniel Umezurike

The Ebonyi State Government, on Monday, said it had planned mass immunisation campaign against yellow fever outbreak.

It announced that it would organise the campaign with all United Nations agencies and other partners against the virus.

There has been outbreak of the disease in the state with some deaths recorded.

Moved by the virus, the government announced mass immunisation of residents of the state between the ages of nine months and 44 years. It added that those above the age bracket would get immunisation booster.

At a press briefing in Abakaliki, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezurike, explained that International Coordinating Group (ICG) has been completed for the mass immunisation campaign.

He said: “Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) declared this an outbreak of yellow fever and reactivated the national Rapid response team comprising NCDC, NAPHCDA, WHO on 1st August, 2019 to support our state.

“Summary of the situation report is that since the current outbreak of yellow fever, Ebonyi state has recorded a total of nine positive cases with two deaths among positive cases.

“Presently, we still have six patients on admission; 3 in Ndingele MDG, 1 in Iboko General Hospital and 2 in Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki. However, the index case has been successfully managed and discharged from MDG Ndingele.

“At present, ICG process has been completed for possible mass vaccination for all residents of Ebonyi State. The state Ministry of health is working with all the UN agencies and other partners to conduct mass reactive vaccination campaign for the state within the target age of 9 months to 44 years.”


Source: News Express

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