… Embarks on mass vaccination, spraying of affected communities
The Enugu state government said it has started immediate mass vaccination against yellow fever in the communities of Ette and Umuopu in the Igbo-Eze North local government area of the state, following confirmation of the outbreak of the disease in the areas.
The state government also stated that it has started the immediate spraying of the affected communities against the vector mosquito with the appropriate chemicals, as well as the “activation of the Yellow Fever Emergency Operations Center of the Enugu State Ministry of Health.”
In a statement issued by the Health Commissioner, Dr. Emmanuel Ikechukwu Obi, the state government revealed that it has started Active Case Surveillance to obtain the necessary information on the epidemic for further decision-making.
A medical team from the State Ministry of Health, led by the Health Commissioner, Dr. Obi, and the Enugu State Fire Service Officers, also led by the Fire Chief, Engr. Okwudiri Ohaa, were in the affected communities, on Wednesday, to begin the vaccination and fumigation exercises, respectively.
Dr. Obi added that the government has previously placed the Ogrute Enugu-Ezike General Hospital, begun treatment with the Ambulance Service for emergencies and “constitution of the Enugu State Multisectoral Technical Working Group for the Yellow Fever Epidemic.”
The Health Commissioner noted that the state government has embarked on risk communication in affected communities and has formally notified the “Federal Ministry of Health, Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), National Agency for the Development of Primary Care Department of Health (NPHCDA), and the National Center for Arbovirus and Vector Research for a sustained response as yellow fever has also been reported in other Nigerian states ”.
Revealing that the measures complied with the directives of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and in line with established guidelines to combat said epidemic, Dr. Obi said: “We thank the traditional rulers, religious leaders, general presidents of the unions municipalities, other stakeholders and the good people of Enugu State who in so many ways have contributed to this rapid response to the epidemic in Enugu State. “
Therefore, he warned the public that: “If you have recently been vaccinated against yellow fever, you do not need to be vaccinated again. Yellow fever is transmitted through mosquito bites, so eliminate its breeding sites around it. If you’re not feeling well, visit a nearby hospital. “