Katsina state has flagged off a preventive mass vaccination exercise against yellow fever after over 36 cases of the disease was reported in Danmusa and Kankara Local Government Areas of the State.
The State Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, Dr Kabir Mustapha revealed that more than seven million people representing 87% of the state’s population are to be vaccinated against the disease following its outbreak in the two LGAs.
“What is most important for people to take home is that yellow fever is a real dreadful disease, and we are lucky that through yellow fever vaccination, we are able to avert it. Yellow fever is a disease of public health interest. Internationally, wherever you have yellow fever, the focus of the world turns to that community or country to be able to tackle it. Luckily we have seven million of that vaccine currently going to be given out for free in the state. And we have made all the logistics arrangement to ensure that is done,” he said.
He also called on traditional and religious leaders to sensitize members of their communities on the best ways to guard against outbreak of diseases.