Yellow Fever outbreak: Ebonyi to begin mass vaccination

Chukwumerije Aja, Abakaliki


The Ebonyi State government says it is currently working with all the United Nations Agencies and other partners to conduct mass reactive vaccination campaign within the target age of nine months to 44 years.

Briefing Journalist in Abakaliki, the State capital, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezuruike said the State government has completed all the processes with the International Coordinating Group, ICG, to ensure smooth mass vaccination.

Dr. Umezuruike said that four samples were collected and sent to the Public Health Laboratory, Lagos but noted that because of lack of reagent at the centre, the sample were subsequently sent to national reference laboratory Abuja and three tested positive for yellow fever virus on July 22, 2019.

According to him; “The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control declared this an outbreak of Yellow Fever and reactivated the national Rapid response team comprising NCDC, NAPHCDA, WHO on August 1, 2019 to support the State.

“The summary of the situation report is that since the current outbreak of Yellow Fever, the State has recorded a total of nine positive cases with two deaths among positive cases.”

Dr. Umezuruike said that the ministry visited the affected communities with the State Rapid Response Team on August 9, 2019 and had since reactivated the State emergency operation centre in order to contain the outbreak and articulate responses in three levels.

He noted that at present, there are still six patients on admission.

“Three in Ndi Ngele MDG, one in Iboko General Hospital and two at Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki.

The Health Commissioner urged all residents of the State to remain calm and go about their normal business while observing all the preventive measures.

He added that the outbreak would be contained in the shortest possible time with minimal or no mortality recorded.


Sammie Idika