At least 922,463 residents in Enugu State will be vaccinated in the ongoing yellow fever vaccination in three council areas, where there is confirmed yellow fever outbreak.
Dr George Ugwu, Executive Secretary of the Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA), disclosed this to newsmen in Enugu on Thursday.
Ugwu said that the council areas included; Igboeze North (333,551 residents); Nsukka (398,094 residents) and Isi-Uzo (190,818 residents); adding that the numbers mentioned in each council area represented 85 per cent of the entire population.
According to him, the state government has got enough stock of the yellow fever vaccines for the ongoing vaccination as well as fully trained and mobilised the vaccinators to fixed Primary Health Centres (PHCs), special outreach centres and house-to-house approach.
He said that the massive vaccination was meant for people between the ages nine months and 44 years; adding that everyone within this mentioned age range is expected to receive the vaccination in the three council areas.
The executive secretary said that after ongoing massive vaccination in the affected council areas; there would be escalation of mass vaccination to about 10 neighbouring council areas, before the entire state yellow fever vaccination would come.
“There is no need to panic or send the wrong information; the government is in control of the yellow fever outbreak clinically and has taken right and appropriate steps to see that our people are protected.
“Already, the Agency has continued to engage in robust community mobilisation, sensitisation, health education and promotion.
“We have adequate supplies of yellow fever vaccines and accessories to all health facilities and outreach centres as well as properly trained, oriented and deployed all cadres of health workers and teams.
“We are also doing mass reactive vaccination for eligible and most susceptible persons aged nine months to 44 years as well as monitoring and reporting the outbreak response activities in the council areas.
“Also, the state government had fully mobilised and continued with fumigation of Ette community and its environs as well as all other communities directly affected in the outbreak,’’ he said.
Ugwu, however, appreciated Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his personal concern and timely intervention, which had led to the control and robust capacity to tackle the outbreak.
“We also thank the Deputy Governor, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, for support and supervisory guidance to issues that concern the health of the rural people and residents of Enugu state in general.
“The Wife of the Governor, Mr Monica Ugwuanyi, has assisted in no small measure through her Ugo Touch of Life Foundation (U-TOLF) in providing medical consumables, drugs as well as health awareness and education programmes to our rural people.
“I quite appreciate the technical and other support of the state Ministry of Health; Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), NCDC, UNICEF, WHO etc,’’ he said.
Going forward, the executive secretary called for technical, material and financial assistance from relevant institutions such as national and international agencies and partners, adding; “Government cannot do it alone’’.
“We are also request for more funding and support for effective containment of the outbreak as well as request and receipt of more yellow fever vaccines for our expanded programme from the NPHCDA,’’ he added.