A New report shows that about Six people have died after suffering from Yellow Fever in Bauchi state, Adding to the total number of confirmed Deaths to reach 22, even as immunisation has begun for workers in oil exploration sites of the state.
The information was made known to the public by the Chairperson of the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BSPHCDA), Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, while giving an update on the deadly disease, on Monday.
Mohammed disclosed that no fewer than 143 suspected cases of Yellow Fever were recorded out of which 24 cases were confirmed and 22 died. He also confirmed that all the cases were from Alkaleri Local Government Area of the state.
He disclosed that 10 out of the 22 people that died of Yellow Fever were rangers working with the Yankari Games Reserve.
He said only 79 per cent coverage was recorded in the on going immunisation campaign against the vector that carries the disease.
The BSPHCDA Executive Chairman lamented that some people were still declining to take the vaccine hence the deaths that are still being recorded.
He disclosed that besides the 500,000 doses of vaccine provided by the federal government, the state has received another batch of 600,000 vaccines.
He explained that the immunisation would now be extended to Kirfi local government in the state, oil oil exploration sites, and parts of villages in Gombe and Gombe States.
Meanwhile, at least 500 personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps have been vaccinated against the killer disease.
The Zonal Commander, Assistant Corps Marshall, Imoh Etuk, said vaccines were donated by the Bauchi State Ministry of Health.
“We cannot do this end of year patrol without us being sound and fit, so if there’s an outbreak of yellow fever, you can be sure that it will affect our staff and people will not be able to ensure that they do the needful,” he said
Eruk thanked the Bauchi State Ministry of Health for the gesture saying it would also be extended to their families.