The Borno State Government in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF, has commenced vaccination of 1.2 million people against yellow fever in the state.
The exercise, which begun on Monday, February 5, is expected to end on February 14, 2018.
The exercise is also expected to target displaced persons at their camps across 57 wards in 25 local governments of the state, the WHO and UNICEF said in a joint statement, in Maiduguri, on Wednesday.
“More than 3,000 WHO-trained volunteers, including senior supervisors, monitors, healthcare workers and community leaders, will immunize 1.2 million IDPs aged from 9 months to 45 years at designated health facilities,” the international organisations said.
UNICEF Nigeria Representative, Mohammed Fall, said large children in the volatile Borno State may be deprived of life-saving right should they miss out of the vaccination exercise.
His WHO counterpart, Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, said the exercise was of “high public health importance to protect most-at-risk populations living in high-risk condition” though Borno has not recorded any outbreak of Yellow fever.
Yellow fever is caused by a virus (Flavivirus) which is transmitted to humans by the bites of infected aedes and haemogogus mosquitoes.
The news comes at a time when the Yobe Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bello Kawuwa, disclosed that the state has recorded 10 new cases of Cebro Spinal Meningitis with three deaths in 2018.