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Agency partners with Delta govt on yellow fever mass vaccination

 Agency partners with Delta govt on yellow fever mass vaccination

The National Primary Health Care Development Agency, in collaboration with the Delta State Government, will, on Tuesday, commence immediate mass yellow fever vaccination campaign in Delta communities battling the outbreak of the disease.

The NPHCDA in a series of tweets via its official Twitter handle @NphcdaNG disclosed that the vaccination campaign was to stop further spread of yellow fever in Delta State.

The agency said healthcare workers are currently being mobilised and trained “to commence mass vaccination of age group nine months to 44 years in Ika North East and Ika South LGAs from Tuesday, 10th November, 2020.

“The mass yellow fever vaccination campaign will be extended to cover the 25 LGAs in Delta State, beginning from 20th November 2020,” the agency said.

The NPHCDA disclosed further that it worked with the Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and other development partners to recently carry out a similar mass yellow fever campaign in Niger and Kogi States.

It added that yellow fever vaccination is also presently going on in Anambra State.

“Plans have also been concluded to conduct mass yellow fever campaign in Cross River, Benue, Ondo, Oyo and Osun state from 20th November 2020. The exercise will last two weeks,” NPHCDA tweeted.

According to the NPHCDA, while the disease can only be properly diagnosed through blood tests in a health facility, the most effective way of preventing yellow fever is to get vaccinated against the condition.

The healthcare agency noted that a single dose of the yellow fever vaccine by injection protects against the disease for a lifetime.

It explained that while antibodies developed 14 days after taking the injection, a booster dose can be taken during yellow fever outbreaks.

Yellow fever, NPHCDA stated, is a disease caused by a virus that is spread to humans through bites of an infected mosquito, adding that severe yellow fever can cause high fever, jaundice, bleeding from the digestive tract which eventually leads to shock and failure of body organs like kidney and liver.

The agency urged Nigerians to be alert to symptoms of the disease which includes sudden fever, chills, severe headache, general body ache, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.

The NPHCDA also urged Nigerians to cultivate the habit of wearing protective clothing to reduce mosquito bites, destroy breeding grounds of mosquitoes by eliminating stagnant water in the environment.

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