Ebonyi govt to embark on immunisation against yellow fever

Ebonyi state government Monday said it would embark on mass immunization against yellow fever outbreak for residents between the ages of 9 months to 44 years, while those above the ages would get immunization booster

The immunization campaign came as a result of the recent outbreak of the disease in the state.

The state government which made this known in a joint press briefing of the ministry of health and the office of the secretary to the state government announced that it would organize the campaign with all United Nations agencies and other partners against the virus.

The commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezurike, explained that International Coordinating Group (ICG) has been completed for the mass immunization 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 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 to 44 years,” Umezuruike said.

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