NCDC Partners NPHCDA To Reduce Cases Of Yellow Fever

10 December 2019 National News News

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has called on Nigerians to avail themselves the opportunity to receive yellow fever Vaccine to prevent the spread of the virus.

Director General of the centre, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu made the call in an interview with Radio Nigeria in Abuja.

Dr. Ihekweazu explained that the call became imperative due to the fact that Yellow fever does not have a cure but can be prevented.

Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu with Radio Nigeria correspondent Georgina Humphrey

He said the centre was working with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, and development partners to support states to prevent and reduce the number of cases and deaths.

The NCDC boss stated that this year, Katsina State recorded 599 suspected cases, 43 confirmed cases and 77 deaths among suspected cases, Bauchi State recorded 183 suspected cases, 34 confirmed cases and 24 deaths among suspected cases and Benue State  recorded 150 suspected cases, six confirmed cases and no death in 2019.

He added that Vaccination campaigns have been carried out across the country to enlightened Nigerians on the need to always keep their environment clean.

In response to the increase cases of disease outbreaks, Dr Ihekweazu explained that a multi-agency yellow fever Emergency Operations Centre, EOC, has been activated while three Rapid Response Team, RRTs, were deployed to Katsina, Bauchi and Benue to support the outbreak response.

According to him yellow fever vaccination campaigns have been implemented in 13 of the 36 states in country and in the FCT.

He added that since the re-emergence of yellow fever in Nigeria in 2017, NCDC, NPHCDA and the National Arbovirus and Vector Research Centre ,NAVRC, have been working together to support states to investigate each case and respond to outbreaks.

Dr. Ihekweazu who stressed that the Yellow fever vaccine is available for free in all primary healthcare centres in Nigeria as part of the routine childhood immunisation schedule, encouraged every family to ensure that children receive all their childhood vaccines

He therefore advised Nigerians to keep their environment clean and free of stagnant water to discourage the breeding of mosquitoes and ensure the consistent use of insecticide treated mosquito nets, screens on windows and doors to prevent access for mosquitoes and rodents 

On Lassa fever, Dr. Ihekweazu explained that there had been a decline in the number of new cases following a joint epidemiological review by the Centre and the World Health Organisation.

He noted that the NCDC is working with WHO to strengthen research activities on Lassa fever including new diagnostic approaches and improved treatment options.

The NCDC DG said Despite the end of the emergency phase of the outbreak, NCDC and its partners would continue to maintain intensive preparedness and response activities for Lassa fever by supporting States with the expertise, commodities and human resources needed to respond to cases appropriately. 

By/Georgina Humphrey/Abuja

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