No fewer than nine people have lost their lives in the Yellow Fever outbreak that ravaged parts of Edo state recently.
David Osifo (Dr), the State Commissioner for Health, disclosed this during an audience participatory programme on a Benin-based radio station,
The Health Commissioner also confirmed that the yellow fever epidemic spread to 10 local government areas for the State.
According to him, “Nine persons have been reported dead so far since the epidemic was first reported.”
The Commissioner said seven persons who tested positive to the yellow fever infection could not make it to hospital before they died.
Osifo, who did not give the names of the affected local government areas, however put the ages of the victims at between 14 and 20 years.
“We have recorded nine cases of yellow fever. The disease has spread to 10 LGA’s out of the 18 LGA’s in Edo State.
“Late arrival is the problem we have. We have informed the Honourable Minister of Health,” he said.
The Commissioner hinted that a significant number of the dead were either omitted or not presented for the vaccination by caregivers or parents during the regular vaccination exercises while they were infant.
Osifo assured that the federal Ministry of Health has promised to provide more vaccines, while health personnel across the Primary Health Cares (PHCs) to adequately respond to suspected yellow fever cases.
The Commissioner enjoined residents of the State, particularly rural dwellers and farmers to embrace sanitary practices and be properly kitted whenever they were going to farm, to prevent the disease.