Yellow Fever: UNICEF, NPHCDA To Vaccinate 18.6m In 5 States, FCT
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UNICEF and National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), has revealed its target plan of 18.6 million people to be vaccinated against yellow fever disease in five states and the FCT.

The vaccination exercise is to commence on Nov. 22.

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UNICEF Communications and Development Officer, Margaret Soyemi, made this known on in Abuja, at a one-day Media Orientation forum for Yellow Fever Preventive Mass Vaccination Campaign.

Soyemi listed the states to be covered to include Kebbi, Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto and the FCT.

“We have about 20 million doses of the Yellow Fever Vaccines for the exercise scheduled for Nov. 22 – Dec. 1, 2018.

“The targeted age group is from nine months to 44 years,” she said, adding that the vaccination would be free, safe and effective.

“Our goal is to prevent the deadly disease from ravaging the populace,’’ she declared.

She called on parents and guardians to take advantage of the vaccination exercise, and stressed the determination to reduce Yellow Fever transmission in Nigeria by at least 90 per cent.

Soyemi described as “very unfortunate”, recent reports of Yellow Fever outbreak in some states like Ekiti, Benue, Anambra, FCT, Nassarawa, Niger and Plateau.

She promised that the fight against the disease would be a continuous one until the disease was completely eradicated in Nigeria.