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Lassa Fever kills 19 in Bauchi

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No less than 19 people have died of Lassa fever between January and November 2020 in Toro and Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

This is as the state affirmed 22 positive cases of yellow fever in Ganjuwa LGA out of the 63 samples tried.

Executive Chairman of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA), Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, made the revelation yesterday while giving a situation update of Lassa and yellow fever in the state.

Mohammed additionally said the state has as of now has gotten 4 million dozes of yellow fever immunization from the government adding that vaccination will be directed in January 2021 with the target populace of ages 1 to 44 who are vulnerable.

The BASPHCDA chairman added that endeavors are on to guarantee that the yellow fever outbreak didn’t spread to other LGAs in the state just as neighboring states of Kano and Jigawa.

He said further that the immunization for yellow fever will be directed in 19 LGAs in the state except for Alkaleri which had its vaccination in 2019 because of the outbreak there.

Rilwanu Mohammed, notwithstanding, regretted that the Agency is concerned because of the apathy being displayed by individuals who are declining to be vaccinated disregarding the instruction and edification programs set out upon by the organization.

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