he United Nations Children’s Fund yesterday said it was set to immunize two million residents in Ekiti State with a view to combating the spread of yellow fever and protecting the population from the killer disease.
The vulnerable population, ranging between ages nine months and 44 years, representing 85 per cent of the 2.3million Ekiti population, would enjoy the innoculation between 24th January and 2nd February, 2020.
A World Health Organisation (WHO) State Technical Officer, Ekiti State, Mr. Ayomide Aibinuomo, described yellow fever as a killer disease as it had claimed the lives of many people in the northern part of the country with low level of spread in the south.
The WHO expert spoke on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti during a seminar organised for stakeholders to work out modalities for a10-day vaccination programme against the spread of yellow fever in Ekiti State beginning from 24th January to 2nd February, 2020.
He said: “We have 24 suspected cases in Ekiti between 2018 and 2019. We have met with traditional, religious and educational institutions to partner us to spread the gospel of anti-yellow fever across all the 177 wards in the state.
“Although there might not be any suspected case in 2020, but for the suspected cases recorded in neighbouring states of Ondo, Oyo, Osun and Edo, we have to take proactive measures, because Ekiti people have high level of migration.
“The vaccine has no adverse effect. It is free and can be taken by anybody except those with immuno-compromised cases like HIV, pregnant persons and nine to 44 years are the most vulnerable, that is why they are the target, but those above the age can be attacked.
“It is not oral innoculation, but an injectable vaccine. Let us protect ourselves from this deadly virus. We have lost precious ones to yellow fever and even the simple measles, so there is need for us to take caution.”