The Bauchi State government has set plans in place for vaccination across the 20 local government areas of the State to prevent the outbreak of yellow fever.
The Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA), Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, revealed an outbreak of yellow fever in Ganjuwa Local Government Area, which claimed the lives of eight persons, while eight others were under management.
Mohammed said an investigation into mysterious deaths in the area led to discovering the outbreak of Yellow Fever in Bauchi State.
“Recently, mysterious deaths of people were reported in some villages in two wards of Ganjuwa LGA. Immediately our surveillance team moved in and took samples of the victims and it was confirmed that they were yellow fever positive,” the BASPHCDA chairman had said.
In reaction to this development, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Aliyu Mai-Goro, expressed dismay.
The commissioner at a roundtable training on child spacing organised by the Bauchi State Public Health Media Network in Bauchi on Wednesday further assured the commitment and readiness of the state Ministry of Health to eradicate the disease in the area.
Dr. Mai-Goro said that to curtail the disease’s outbreak in the State, his ministry would embark on yellow fever vaccination in all local government areas of the State.
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Mai-Goro also said the State government had procured large quantities of yellow fever vaccines to vaccinate people across Bauchi State.
He appealed to parents and guardians to release their children and wards for vaccination to curb the spread of the disease, adding that both traditional rulers and community leaders should sensitise their subjects on the need to embrace vaccination and clean the environment for their good.