Nigeria set to vaccinate 25 million against yellow fever

The Federal Government is launching a mass vaccination campaign to prevent the spread of yellow fever.

With support from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners, the country is expected to vaccinate more than 25 million people throughout 2018.

Already, WHO has pledged 20 million doses of vaccines annually for the eradication of yellow fever in the country for next nine years.

The campaign, which is the second phase 2 of vaccination against yellow fever, will kick off in four states, Kogi, Kwara , Zamfara and Borno states, where the country has recorded outbreaks of the disease.

The phase 1 was completed in 2014 covering 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory. About 10.4 million people were vaccinated in the exercise.

The phase 2 preventive mass campaign is targeting  between 09 months to 45 years of age in the vaccination campaign with coverage target of 25 million people by end of 2018.

In a statement in Abuja yesterday by WHO Communication Officer Charity Warigon, the exercise is in line with global elimination of yellow fever epidemic by 2026.

“The goal of the Yellow Fever Preventive Mass Vaccination Campaign is to reduce yellow fever transmission by achieving 90% coverage in implementing States and Local Government Areas in line with the strategy for the Elimination of Yellow fever Epidemics by 2026,” said Dr Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency.

“With a single dose of vaccine, an individual is protected for life against yellow fever,” said Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu, WHO Representative in Nigeria. “This is a massive undertaking which took weeks of planning. Nearly 3000 vaccination teams are being deployed across the four states participating in the campaign.”