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Following reported outbreak of Yellow fever in Delta and Enugu States, the Nigerian Centre for Diseases Control has activated an emergency management system.
This is to support efforts of the state governments in curbing the purported spike in cases and deaths in communities.
Disclosed in a statement by Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the NCDC was first notified of cases presenting with symptoms indicative of a viral haemorrhagic fever to include fever, headache, fatigue, jaundice vomiting (with or without blood) among others.
Three samples from the two states have been tested positive for yellow fever at NCDC’s National Reference Laboratory. More samples are being tested from both states to confirm the causative organism of this outbreak.
This birthed the activation of incident management system by NCDC to coordinate response activities and Rapid Response Teams (RRT) have been deployed to both states.
The State Epidemiology Teams are leading the response with support from NCDC, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are supporting the State Epidemiology Teams in responding to the outbreak.
The NCDC and State RRTs are carrying out active case search, risk communications and community engagement as well as ensuring prompt management of cases.
The NCDC is also collaborating with the Government of Benue State in investigating into reports of the outbreak of a strange disease that killed 17 people in Okpeilo-Otukpa Community in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of the State.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Emmanuel Ikwulono, announced this in a press statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Andrew Amee and made available to newsmen in Makurdi.
The statement read in part, “We have received a report of an unknown illness in a community called Okpeilo-Otukpa in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State.
“At the time of the receipt of the report, about 17 persons were already said to have died of the strange illness.
“In the meantime, we advise the people of Ogbadibo and its environs to maintain good hygiene practices and report anyone with the said symptoms to the Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers in the local government area, or call the Benue Emergency Operations Centre on the following toll-free telephone numbers: 09010999920, 09010999919, Whatapp, SMS 08123135458.”
Benue state later announced the passing on of its Commissioner for Health.
Symptoms of the Yellow fever according to NCDC include yellowness of the eyes, sudden fever, headache and body pain.
NCDC advised clean environment free of stagnant water to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes, insecticide treated mosquito nets as precautionary measures to reduce the risk of yellow fever infection.
The yellow fever vaccine is available for free in primary health care centres in Nigeria as part of the national childhood routine immunisation schedule. The yellow fever virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.