The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), through the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Primary Health Care Board ((PHCB) is to vaccinate about 3,293,438 residents of the FCT, between the ages of 9 months to 44 years against yellow fever infection.
Briefing newsmen on the exercise in his office yesterday, the secretary for Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Mallam Aadamu Abubakar Bappah, stated that the yellow fever preventive mass vaccination campaign has been scheduled to hold from November 24th to December 7th, 2018.
Bappah explained that the target population to be vaccinated in the FCT represents about 85 per cent total population of the territory, adding that the total number of teams to be used for exercise is 1,342, including 171 special teams.
He maintained that the vaccination exercise would take place at all government health facilities and temporary posts in chief’s palaces and other places in the communities, while outreach teams would vaccinate eligible persons in churches, schools and other institutions, including barracks and prisons.
The secretary explained further that the mass campaign is based on the 2008 risk assessment, which identified 20 states and the FCT as high risk states, adding that in 2018, five cases of yellow fever were confirmed in the FCT, with three deaths, out of 15 reported cases.
He stated that the vaccination is safe, effective and free would be administered on the upper left arm of the people, adding that pregnant women and lactating mothers are exempted from the dosage.
He continued: “There is a safe and effective vaccine for the prevention of yellow fever expected to be administered routinely to all babies at 9 months of age, in line with the National Routine Immunisation schedule. Other efforts to prevent infection include preventing bites from the infested mosquitoes and reducing the population of the transmitting.”
NDLEA Arrests 43 Suspects, Removes 463KG Of Drugs In Gombe
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Gombe Command, has arrested 43 drug suspects and removed from circulation, 463 kilograms...
New UN Envoy Lauds AU Troops For Stabilising Somalia
The newly appointed UN envoy in Somalia on Wednesday lauded the critical role played by the African Union (AU) troops...
Raining Season: FCT Farmers Hopeful Of Bumper Harvest
Some farmers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Wednesday expressed optimism of bumper harvests in the 2019 cropping season...
NUSA Says Inquest Into Murder Of Nigeria On June 20 Has Begun
Mr Sylvester Okonkwo, Chairman, Nigerian Union in South Africa (NUSA) in Kwa-Zulu-Natal Province, on Wednesday confirmed that yet another Nigerian,...
Sanwo-Olu At 54: Blessing To Generation – APC Women Leader
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Women Leader in Lagos State, Mrs Jumoke Okoya-Thomas, has described the state Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu...
Nigerian Business Mogul Says Africa Has Potential To Be Developed
Mr Ekos Akpokabayen, a South Africa-based Nigerian entreprenuer and author, says Africa has the potential to be in the status...
Meter Processing: AEDC Experiencing Communication Hitches
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), says it is experiencing communication hitches in processing applications of consumers who have paid...
ENTERTAINMENT22 hours ago
‘Don’t Link Me With Helicopter Incidents At Ore’, Says Julian Osula
NEWS23 hours ago
10 Killed In Wukari High Way Road Blocks
COVER STORIES10 hours ago
Why I Dealt With Onnoghen – PMB
NEWS17 hours ago
Election Tribunal: Court Rules In Favour Of Governor Sani Bello
NEWS9 hours ago
Yobe Govt To Sponsor 700 Students For PhD, Masters, Others
POLITICS9 hours ago
PDP: Saraki To Lead Peace Move
CRIME10 hours ago
Apostle Bags 7-yr Jail Over Rape Of Minor
FOOTBALL23 hours ago
Super Eagles Protest Unpaid Bonuses