The Government of Nigeria – b & # 39; support from the World Health Organization (WHO), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and UNICEF aims to vaccinate 26.2 million this year through & # 39; prevention campaigns. The second largest stage of its yellow fever campaign seeks to establish high immunity of the population throughout the country and started today.
This step of the campaign, which is funded by Gavi will run from 22 & # 39; November to 1 & # 39; December 2018 and will target 18.6 million children and adults in Plateau states, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger and Borno as well as the Federal Capital Territory.
"Vaccination will be for people within 9 months to 44 years cohort, parents are advised to make use of them and their children to participate in immunization, the vaccine is free, safe and effective." Said Dr. Joseph oter, Director of Special Duties at the National Agency for Development of the National Health Care of Nigeria.
The yellow fever is caused by spreading & # 39; virus through infected mosquito bite. Some patients may develop serious symptoms, including high fever and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), but the disease can & # 39; avoid easily by vaccine provides immunity for life.
"The departure & # 39; & # 39 million; people is an enormous commitment", said Dr. Matshidiso Moet, WHO Regional Director for Africa. "But this achievement will represent a big step toward protecting people from potentially deadly viral haemorrhagic disease not only in Nigeria but in the African region."
To ensure that this campaign phase & # 39; vaccination smooth running, the Federal Ministry of Health, b & # 39; collaboration with WHO b & # 39; support from Gavi, worked and deployed teams & # 39; Support Management (MST). The MSTS is overseeing the preparations and during the campaign, in partnership with experts of the WHO yellow fever, should act as supervisors and provide technical assistance during the campaign itself.
"Nigeria is at the forefront in the global fight against yellow fever", said Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO & # 39; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. "The immunization coverage & # 39; routine remains & # 39; low b & # 39; dangerous way, as shown by the latest outbreak, so this campaign is so important to protect those vulnerable. Cover & # 39; immunization & # 39; routine so each child is protected, and prevention of & # 39; outbreak in the first place. "
The first phase of & # 39; this campaign & # 39; preventive vaccination of yellow fever mass (PMVC) occurred in & # 39; in January and February 2018 & # 39; Member Kwara, Kogi and Zamfara and parts of the state & # 39; Borno. About eight years & # 39; ages & # 39; about 8.7 million adults and children have been vaccinated. A total of & # 39; 26.2 million people are expected to be vaccinated against yellow fever this year.
The campaign is taking place since the outbreak of Nigeria experience & # 39; yellow fever. Since its inception in & # 39; September 2017, confirmed cases have been confirmed in & # 39; 27 Local Government Area in & # 39; 14 member.
Nigeria is one of 50 partners are pursuing the strategy Etilemija of milk fever (EYE). Managed by the WHO, UNICEF and Gavi, the strategy seeks to protect populations in & # 39; risk, prevent the international spread and to outbreaks quickly.
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