By Mahmoud Dogara (Bauchi State Correspondent)
No fewer than eight persons have lost their lives while eight positive cases yellow fever are active in Ganjuwa LGA of Bauchi State.
The Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA), Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, stated this while briefing Journalists in his office on Monday. He said that recently, mysterious deaths were reported in some villages in two wards of Ganjuwa local government area of the state.
"Immediately our surveillance team moved in and took samples of the victims and it was confirmed that they were yellow fever positive. The discovery was made during the routine immunisation exercise in the area when it was reported that five people had died mysteriously and upon verbal autopsy yellow and Lassa fever were suspected following the description of the circumstances that led to their deaths"
"With the discovery of the virus in the area, proactive measures have been taken to ensure that the outbreak does not spread to other parts of the state. Large quantities of yellow fever vaccines have been procured and will soon commence immunisation" he said
Rilwanu listed three types of yellow fever and assured that the state government is ready to ensure that the outbreak remained in Ganjuwa LGA, adding that already, an isolation and treatment centre has been created at the General Hospital, Kafin Madaki, to curb the spread.
He appealed to parents to release their children for vaccination to curb the spread of yellow fever, stressing that since it is mosquitoes that spread the disease, people should please use the treated nets and ensure that their environments are kept clean.
The BASPHCDA Chairman also appealed to traditional rulers and community leaders to sensitize their subjects on the need to embrace vaccination and clean environment for their own good. NNL.