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By David Uka, Abakaliki
Following the recent outbreak of Yellow Fever in Ebonyi State, the State Government in conjunction with the International Coordinating Group(ICG) and all the United Nations agencies will
commence mass immunization campaign against the virus across all the 13 local Government Areas in the state.
The State Commissioner for Health Dr Daniel Umuzuruike who disclosed at a press conference in Abakaliki on the update of the outbreak said that International Coordinating Group (ICG) process has been completed for the mass immunization campaign.
Recall that there has been an outbreak of the disease in the State with some deaths recorded. The outbreak began on 15 July.
The State Government also announced mass immunization for residents of the state between the ages of 9 months and 44 years.
It added that those above the ages would get immunization booster
“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-44 years”, Umezuruike said.
The Commissioner who assured the residents not to panic said the State Government is working hard to prevent further spread of the virus in the state in conjunction with the developing partners.