The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), through its Health and Human Service Secretariat (HHSS), has commenced the 2018 free mass vaccination exercise against yellow fever infection for residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Flagging off the exercise in Damagaza community in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), at the weekend, the secretary for HHSS, Mallam Adamu Abubakar Bappah, said the exercise which would last between 24th November to the 7th December, is to be administered to residents between the age of nine months to 44 years.
Bappah explained that the goal of the campaign is to reduce yellow fever transmission by achieving target population of 85 per cent population, noting that the flag off was expected to increase community awareness.
“It is pertinent to note that effective ways for prevention of yellow fever disease include yellow fever vaccination, which must be administered to babies at nine months of age, in line with national routine immunisation, schedule and immunisation of population at risk of the disease are important to prevent outbreak.”
Earlier, the acting executive secretary, FCT Primary Health Care Board (FCT-PHCB), Dr. Ndaeyo Iwot, had explained that Angwan Hausawa village in Damagaza community was selected to bring intervention to residents who according to him are almost cut off from other communities.
Iwot added that the community would be brought to speed on the environmental challenges during period of immunization, just as he disclosed that there were five confirmed cases of yellow fever in Abaji 10 in Bwari area council, with two out of three confirmed cases dead, while one is responding well to treatment.
Also speaking, the chief of Garki, HRH Alhaji Usman Nga Kupi, expressed gratitude to the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello for the vaccination exercise, noting the importance of the royal fathers in mobilizing residents for the exercise.
Nga Kupi also called on residents to come out en mass to receive immunisation, adding that the vaccine was safe, without side effects, as feared by some residents.