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WHO is supporting Nigeria’s latest yellow fever immunization initiative

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This latest immunization effort is expected to protect about 874,000 people against yellow fever

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it is supporting Nigerian government’s immunization campaign to immunize 873 837 people against yellow fever in the states of Kwara and Kogi.

The ten-day campaign which began on Friday, 13 October 2017, and mobilizes more than 200 health workers and volunteers, is targeting residents aged 9 months to 45 years old.

“This campaign aims to ensure that people living in high-risk areas are protected from yellow fever, and to prevent the disease from spreading to other parts of the country,” said Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, WHO Nigeria Representative.

WHO in a statement said it has been working with health authorities on its implementation in nine local government areas in Kwara State and two in Kogi State.

WHO also revealed that Nigeria has requested support from the International Coordination Group (ICG) on vaccine provision for yellow fever. It revealed that a global stockpile of 6 million doses of the yellow fever vaccine is available for countries to access, with the support of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

“WHO and health partners have been supporting the Government’s response to the outbreak since the first case of yellow fever was confirmed in Oke Owa Community, Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara state on 12 September. WHO has deployed experts to Nigeria to support surveillance and investigation, lab testing, public health measures, and engagement with at-risk communities. An Emergency Operations Centre has been activated in the area to coordinate the response.

The last yellow fever outbreak in Nigeria was reported in 2002, with 20 cases and 11 deaths.

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