The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) announce that it is targeting 85 per cent of Abuja residents throughout the upcoming Yellow fever preventive campaign.
Mr Abubakar Bappa, Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat, (FCTA) revealed this to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.
Bappa explained that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and other international donor partners would back the administration in the mass vaccination.
According to Bappa, the international donors comprise of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).
He disclosed that the campaign, which would be take place in six states including the FCT, was billed for Nov. 24 to Dec. 7.
He indicated that the target age group was from nine months to 44 years.
In his words he said “The goal of the yellow fever preventive mass vaccination campaign is to reduce transmission by achieving 95 per cent coverage in implementing states and local government areas.
“This is in line with the strategy for the elimination of yellow fever epidemics by 2026. He said
He continued that “The mass campaign is based on the 2008 risk assessment which identified 20 states and FCT as high-risk states.
Bappa said that “Similarly, the phase one of the yellow fever vaccination campaign was completed in 2014 and it targeted three states of Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Nasarawa, in which 10.4 million people were covered,’’.
He unveiled in 2018, that five cases of yellow fever were confirmed accompanied with three deaths out of 15 reported in the FCT.
The official said “I have to let you know that the FCT is ready for this exercise as scheduled.
“The target population to be vaccinated in the FCT is 3,293,438; that is 85 per cent of the total FCT population.“The total number of teams to be used in FCT is 1,342 including 171 special teams,’’.
He said expressly that the vaccination will be done at all government health facilities and temporary posts in chiefs’ palaces and other public places in the communities.
He said that the outreach teams would vaccinate qualified people in churches, schools and other institutions.
Bappa noted that the FCTA would use the vaccination campaign to support the state’s health system and immunisation programmes.
In quote “We will strengthen the pharmaco-vigilance system for monitoring adverse effects following immunisation as well as implement a quality vaccination campaign which takes lessons from previous campaign into consideration.
Bappa said “The vaccination is by injection, given on the left upper arm. It is free and safe,’’.
The secretary said Yellow fever was a viral disease usually of short duration, including the fact mostly, symptoms are same with malaria fever like fever, chills, loss of appetite, nausea and muscle pains.
About 15 per cent of people, just in a day of improving, the fever returns with abdominal pain and liver damage resulting to yellow skin with high risk of bleeding and kidney problems, He said.
Bappa noted that the disease was caused by the yellow fever virus and spread by the bite of primarily an infested female Aedes Aegypti mosquito.