Yellow fever kills 10 Nationwide
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire has given an update on the outbreak of Yellow Fever in some states.
“The reported ‘strange deaths’ in Delta, Enugu, Ebonyi, Benue, Bauchi and Kogi State have turned out to be Yellow Fever outbreak as confirmed by the NCDC that is responding professionally with rapid response teams to the outbreak”, Ehanire said during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja.
“Of 586 suspected cases, 40 were confirmed in laboratory tests, with 10 deaths as of last week”, he added.
Last week, the Minister, while responding to a question over the development, however, has said that the cases were still being investigated as samples had been collected and being researched so accurate details could soon be provided over how it all happened.
“Yes, there was an outbreak that started in Delta and was found in Enugu and then two other states making it a total of four states. The analysis we have done so far shows it is yellow fever. So the response has been going on from the National Center for Disease (NCDC), vaccination is going on in all these areas.
“A few days ago, there was also a report from a member of the National Assembly saying that in his constituency there are unexplained illnesses and deaths and that alarm also immediately triggered a response, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control has been directed to go and carry out an investigation.
Enugu State has been battling to contain the outbreak of the disease in two communities – Ette Uno and Umuopu – in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of the state but it has now spread to the third, Nsukka, Isi-Uzo.
Delta State had recently reported that no fewer than 22 deaths have been recorded in Ika North East Local Government Area of the state due to the outbreak of the disease.