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FG will commence Mass Yellow Fever Vaccination by December – Health Minister Gives Update on Monkeypox

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While speaking to state house correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, stated that the federal government will begin a nationwide vaccination against yellow fever by December
According to Premium Times, Adewole said the intended vaccination is as a result of the current outbreak of yellow fever which started in Kwara state last month.
While giving the report on the public health situation in the country said so far, the minister said the country has recorded ten cases of yellow fever this year: four cases in Kwara state, two in Kogi, two in Plateau, one in Abia and one in Edo state, adding that the ministry will start a campaign in Kwara and Kogi starting from Friday13 of this month.
 
“We have also decided to start a nationwide vaccination against yellow fever, we are going to bring that forward to December because of what is currently ongoing. We quite recognise the fact that we have a large number of Nigerians who are not immune to yellow fever and so we want to do a nationwide vaccination against yellow fever,”he said.
Speaking on the latest monkeypox outbreak, Adewole said the disease is less tropical and deadly.  He said what is particularly significant about the outbreak is that many of the cases reported do not fit into the classic prototype of monkeypox but the government is still trying to confirm this assertion, he was quick to add.
”We will know within 48 hours if what we are dealing with is monkeypox.  One of our scientists, Christian Appeh is looking into it in the laboratory to confirm if it is truly monkeypox. We are also doing a double confirmation in Senegal because Senegal also has a public health lab that does diagnosis.”
He, however, urged Nigerians not to panic and ensure that they maintain good hygiene as much as possible.
The minister also gave reports on how the ministry has been tracking several other diseases’ outbreak in the country which have witnessed outbreaks of Cholera, Lassa fever and just of recent, suspected cases of monkeypox.
Adewole on the status of the fever in the country said there had been no report of new confirmed cases of the disease adding that the Cholera outbreak in the country is also on the decline.
 
“We also reported the declining case of Cholera in Borno state and we are quite happy that no death has been reported from Borno state.”

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