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UNICEF To Immunize 2M Against Yellow Fever In Ekiti

Austin Papi

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said it will immunize two million persons in the state to protect the population from the outbreak of Yellow Fever.

UNICEF declared that the vulnerable population, ranging between ages nine months and 44 years, which represents 85 per cent of the 2.3 million Ekiti population, will be benefactors of the inoculation between January 24 and February 2, 2020.

A World Health Organisation (WHO) State Technical Officer, Ekiti State, Mr Ayomide Aibinuomo, described yellow fever as a killer disease.

He added that the killer disease has claimed the lives of many people in the northern part of the country, but it still has a low level of spread in the south.

The WHO expert disclosed this on Saturday in Ado Ekiti during a seminar organised for stakeholders by UNICEF to map out the necessary procedures for the 10 days vaccination programme against the spread of yellow fever in the state beginning from January 24 to February 2, 2020.

The WHO consultant disclosed that the introduction of the intramuscular vaccination has proven very helpful during the 24 suspected incidences recorded in the last eight years.

“We have 24 suspected cases in Ekiti between 2018 and 2019. We have met with traditional, religious and educational institutions to partner us to spread the gospel of anti-yellow fever across all the 177 wards in the state.

“Though there might not be any suspected case in 2020, but for the suspected cases recorded in neighbouring states of Ondo, Oyo, Osun and Edo, we have to take proactive measures, because Ekiti people have a high level of migration.

“The vaccine has no adverse effect. It is free and can be taken by anybody except those with immuno-compromised cases like HIV, pregnant persons and nine to 44 years are the most vulnerable, that is why they are the target, but those above the age can be attacked,” he said.

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