Yellow Fever: Ebonyi to commence mass immunization of residents

Following the recent outbreak of Yellow Fever in Ebonyi state, the state government on Monday said it will soon commence mass immunization campaign against the rampaging virus across the 13 local government areas in the state.

It said the program will be implemented in conjunction with all United Nations agencies and other partners.

The outbreak in the state began on 15 July with some deaths recorded.

The state government also announced mass immunization of residents of the state between the ages of 9 months and 44 years.

It added that those above the ages would get immunization booster

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

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“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 9 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 9months-44 years”, Umezuruike said.

The Commissioner assured resident s not to panic as the state government in conjunction with partners is working hard to prevent further spread of the virus.

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