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.”