Yellow Fever: Ebonyi Govt to Embark On Mass Immunization
By Oginyi Ruth
Following media report on the outbreak of yellow fever in Ndingele village, Nkomoro, Ndiwoko, Izieenyi, Edeinyiaka, Ndinwekwe all in Izzi Local Government Area, Ebonyi state government said the plan is ongoing for mass immunization campaign against yellow fever outbreak in the state, especially at the community level.
It was gathered that about 20 deaths have been recorded while 16 affected persons which mostly are children have been taken to hospital for examination, 40 are in the observation unit and 30 cases are confirmed and they are under treatment in the hospital, a report that the state government said is untrue.
Ebonyi state is experiencing a yellow fever outbreak after 21 years.
The Government also said that it would organize the campaign with all United Nations agencies and other partners against the virus. This is coming after the reported case of the outbreak of the disease in the state with some deaths recorded.
The mass immunization of residents of the state is between the ages of 9 months and 44 years while those above the ages would get immunization booster.
During a media interaction in Abakaliki, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezurike explained that the International Coordinating Group (ICG) has been completed for the mass immunization campaign.
He said, “Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) declared 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 6 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, the 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.