From Ahmed Idris Birnin Kebbi
Thirty six cases of outbreak of yellow fever have been recorded in eight local governments area of Kebbi state.
Confirming the outbreak to our correspondent, weekend, Hon. Commissioner of Health Alhaji Umar Usman Kannaza said that only 36 people have been confirmed with the diseases a result of the yellow fever outbreak.
The Commissioner said over 500 health personnel would be drafted to the affected areas for vaccination of people between the ages of 9 months and 45 years irrespective of their vaccinator’s status to curb spread of the disease to other local government areas.
“So far, 879 suspected cases have been reported from 21 states of the Federation. Kebbi State has also reported 36 cases of Yellow fever from 8 Local Government namely: Bagudo, Fakai, Koko/Base,Maiyama,Ngaski, Shanga ,Suru and Yauri.
“To counter the spread of the disease and prevent risk of epidemics in the 8 LGAs and the state, a yellow fever reactive vaccinator campaign has been schedule in the 8 LGAS”.
Kambaza who said that there was no record of death disclosed that international developing partners like WHO, UNICEF and others would participated in the vaccination campaign in all the 85 political wards in the affected areas which will kick off 10th March,2018 and end on 19th of the same month.
“Kebbi State is expected to vaccinate about one million, six hundred thousand individual within the disease target age group of 9 months to 45 years in the 8 LGAs.”
He urged all the stakeholders in the state to mobilise the people of the affected areas for the exercise.