The Nigerian government with the support of World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a reactive vaccination campaign in Danja Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State to protect over 150,000 persons from Yellow Fever.
Charity Warigon, WHO Communications Officer, said in an article on the agency’s website that the intervention would be carried out with the support of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance.
With the support from GAVI, 12 million doses of Yellow fever vaccines in 2018 and 19 Million in 2019 will be made available to Nigeria to tackle the prevalence of the deadly disease in response to a recently identified outbreak, according to WHO.
Since September 2017, Nigeria has been experiencing outbreak of yellow fever, an acute viral haemorrhagic disease, with confirmed cases reported in 22 LGAs across 11 states. From the onset of the outbreak, 2,400 suspected yellow fever cases including 47 deaths have been reported by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
According to Ms Warigon, the latest campaign will protect at least 154,131 people from the disease.
Ms Warigon said it would ensure all persons aged nine months to 45 years were vaccinated during the ongoing yellow fever campaign in Danja Local Government Area of Katsina State.
She said the support to Nigeria was aimed at complementing governments plan to eliminate the disease by 2026 as guided by the Eliminate Yellow Fever Epidemics (EYE) strategy launched by the organisation in April.
“The campaign in Katsina is a reactive vaccination in response to confirmed yellow fever cases. WHO is committed to continuing this effort and supporting Nigeria to better protect its population against this disease and ensure better health and well-being.
“With one single injection, we can provide life-long immunity against this disease at a cost of approximately one United States Dollar.
“The assistance from GAVI will ensure that all persons aged nine months to 45 years will be vaccinated during the ongoing campaign, bringing the overall number of states where the vaccination drive has been implemented to 10,” she said.
Ms Warigon said the yellow fever response in Nigeria led by the government was being coordinated through the National Yellow Fever Technical Coordinating Committee (NYFTCC) with participation by all partners.
She said preventive mass vaccination campaign was underway for November 8 to 17 in Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Plateau and Borno states as well as the FCT under phase two of the EYE strategy plan.
Ms Warigon said about 25 million people would be vaccinated by the end of 2018.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The initial agency report has been updated with more accurate information from the WHO.