By MATTHEW UKACHUNWA, Lagos
Nigeria is expected to vaccinate 1.3 million people to contain the outbreak of Yellow Fever in affected areas.
This remark was made by World Health Organisation (WHO) following the release of 1.4 million vaccine doses to the country by International Coordinating Group (ICG) on vaccine provision for Yellow Fever.
“WHO is working with the government of Nigeria to address the low immunity among affected populations that is giving rise to cases of yellow fever,” Dr. Wondimegegnehu Alemu, WHO’s Representative in Nigeria, said.
The outbreak evolved from one confirmed case in August to 30 confirmed cases in Kogo, Kwara, Kano and Zamfara, WHO disclosed. “A total 276 suspected cases have been reported in fourteen states as of 21st November,” the global authority on public health stated on 1st December, 2017.
According to WHO, the vaccines, funded by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is to be administered in parts of Zamfara State where cases of the deadly disease have been confirmed.
As WHO declared, “the release of 1.4 million doses from the global stockpile builds on earlier efforts in October that reached 874,000 people in Kwara and Kogi States.”
A pre-emptive campaign to protect people in areas at high risk of yellow fever transmission is being planned in the coming months, WHO explained while narrating how itself and global partners are supporting Nigeria in the vaccination exercise.
It emphasized that its response to the yellow fever outbreak in Nigeria is part of broader efforts by the Health Emergencies programme to build the capacity of the government of Nigeria to manage health emergency risks, to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected people.