The Edo State government, South south Nigeria, on Wednesday said that nine lives were lost to the outbreak of yellow fever that ravaged parts of the state, few weeks back.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. David Osifo, disclosed this during an audience participatory programme on a Benin-based radio station.
He also affirmed that the yellow fever epidemic affected 10 local government ares of the State.
“already, nine persons have been reported dead so far since the epidemic was first reported,” Osifo said.
According to the commissioner, seven persons who tested positive to the yellow fever disease couldn’t make it to the hospital before they passed on.
Osifo who did not give the names of the affected local government territories, however, put the ages of the victims at between 14 and 20 years.
“We have recorded nine cases of yellow fever. The ailment has spread to 10 LGA’s out of the 18 LGA’s in Edo State.
“Late arrival is the issue we have. We have informed the Honorable Minister of Health,” he said.
The Commissioner assured the people that the Federal Ministry of Health has promised to provide more vaccines.