Borno government, WHO move to eliminate yellow fever, commence vaccination of 494,498 in 3 LGAs

Officials of Borno state government, WHO and other partners conducting Yellow fever vaccination

The Borno state government in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners have flagged off vaccination against Yellow Fever Disease in three Local Government Areas of Maiduguri Metropolitan, Jere and Ngala in Borno State.

The Executive Director of the Primary Healthcare Development Agency in the state Professor Mohammed Arab said the exercise which is part of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) week will last for 12 days between July 12 and 23, 2023.

“I would also like to use this opportunity to announce the upcoming Integrated Yellow Fever Preventive Mass Vaccination Campaign that will be held in three LGAs namely Jere, MMC, and Ngala, from July 12th to July 23rd, 2023.

“The vaccination campaign is to take place at Health facilities and temporary posts at strategic locations within the communities aimed at providing preventive measures against yellow fever disease. It is important to note that the targeted age group for the yellow fever vaccination is individuals ranging from 9 months to 44 years old,” he said.

In his remarks, the WHO State Coordinator in Borno State, Dr. Ibrahim Audu Salisu, said, “WHO has been supporting the state government to strengthen Routine Immunization (RI) services and supporting communities and vulnerable populations to be vaccinated against Vaccine Preventable Diseases(VPDs).

“With support from WHO and partners, Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHDA) has successfully planned and is currently implementing an Integrated Yellow Fever Mass Vaccination Campaign, which is targeting up to 494,498 people aged 9 months to 44 years in 13 wards across 3 LGAs high-risk LGAs – MMC, Jere and Ngala.

“WHO and the SPHCDA have provided the required resources and have jointly conducted some pre-implementation activities such as training of State and LGA teams, distribution of vaccines and commodities, community engagement, etc.”

He further explained that throughout the campaign, WHO Technical officers, LGFs, and Field Volunteers in the implementing LGAs will work closely with government officials and stakeholders to supervise, monitor and provide all necessary support to ensure that the campaign remains a success.

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