22.8 C
Tuesday, March 28, 2023

WHO: 8.8 Million Nigerians to Be Vaccinated Against Yellow Fever

The World Health Organization's 'Eliminate Yellow Fever Campaign' aims to safeguard at-risk people, limit worldwide transmission, and quickly contain epidemics

Must read

Hamzat Ibrahim Abaga
Hamzat Ibrahim Abaga
Hamzat Ibrahim Abaga is a graduate of Mass Communication and aspiring investigative journalist.

NIGERIA. Ogun State. Gombe State: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 8.8 million Nigerians will be vaccinated against yellow fever in May of this year.

Infected mosquitoes carry yellow fever, an acute viral haemorrhagic disease. The term “yellow” alludes to the jaundice that certain people experience.

- Advertisement -

The World Health Organization’s ‘Eliminate Yellow Fever Campaign,’ which is directed at the states of Ogun and Gombe, respectively, will accomplish this. Later that year, large vaccination programmes would be held in parts of Adamawa, Borno, and Bayelsa states.

The EYE (Eliminate Yellow Fever Epidemics) Strategy, which was introduced in 2017, is a ground-breaking project. The EYE alliance, which includes more than 50 partners, helps 40 at-risk nations in Africa and the Americas prevent, detect, and respond to suspected yellow fever cases and outbreaks.

- Advertisement -

The collaboration aims to safeguard at-risk people, limit worldwide transmission, and quickly contain epidemics. More than 1 billion individuals are predicted to be protected from the disease by 2026.

The initiative, which is backed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is aimed at around two million people aged 9 months to 60 years, according to the WHO.

- Advertisement -

According to the World Health Organization, yellow fever vaccination is the only effective way to eradicate and control the virus in society. 

As a result, the agency must do everything possible to meet the goal of reducing the number of people who are under-immunized.


Yellow fever is notoriously difficult to diagnose, particularly in its early stages. Severe malaria, leptospirosis, viral hepatitis (particularly fulminant forms), various haemorrhagic fevers, infection with other flaviviruses (such as dengue haemorrhagic fever), and poisoning can all be confused with a more severe illness.

The virus can sometimes be detected in the early stages of the disease through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing in blood and urine. 

Testing to identify antibodies is required at a later stage (ELISA and PRNT).

Symptoms of yellow fever 

The yellow fever virus incubates in the body for 3 to 6 days after infection. Fever, muscle soreness with prominent backache, headache, loss of appetite, and nausea or vomiting are among the most prevalent symptoms. Symptoms usually disappear after 3 to 4 days.

Also Read: ‘Perfect Storm’ of Measles Outbreak Ahead, Children at Risk Worldwide, Says WHO


- Advertisement -


- Advertisement -

Trending Today