Yellow fever hits seven states, 1,640 cases reported — FG

High Turn up of People for Yellow Fever Vaccination in Abuja
The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Faisal Shuaib, on Monday said there were suspected cases of yellow fever epidemic in Kogi, Nasarawa, Anambra, Zamfara, Edo, Benue states and the Federal Capital Territory. He made this known during an event on the elimination of yellow fever epidemic in Abuja, which was organized by the agency and its international partners, including the World Health Organization. He said Nigeria and its international partners had already begun the fight against the spread of the epidemic. Shuaib also expressed his disappointment that despite the vast human resources Nigeria possesses in the health industry, the country still relies on sending samples to a reference laboratory in Dakar, Senegal, to confirm yellow fever outbreak. He said, “The recent report from Edo State about yellow fever of an unknown origin is also being investigated. Tests done at laboratories in Nigeria have shown that nine of the samples tested positive for yellow fever.
The samples have been sent to Dakar for confirmation. The NPHCDA, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Edo State Epidemiology team, World Health Organization and other development partners are working together to rapidly conduct a comprehensive investigation and respond appropriately to the situation. “Currently, there are over 1,640 suspected cases listed with 41 confirmed from the WHO regional defence laboratory in Dakar.” The director also confirmed that the production of vaccines would resume in the country soon. As part of the FG’s effort to fight the epidemic, Shuaib said that the third phase of preventive mass vaccination campaign had already begun in Sokoto, the Federal Capital Territory, Plateau and some council areas that were not covered in the last campaign in Niger and Kebbi states. The effort, according to him, began on November 22, 2018 and it would end on December 1, 2018.

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