Edo intensifies efforts to contain yellow fever – Punch Newspapers

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Dayo Ojerinde

The Edo State Government has urged residents of  the state to  support its   efforts  to battle yellow fever  outbreak in the state through vaccination in collaboration with the World Health Organisation and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control.

In a statement  by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, on Wednesday, the state government said  nine cases had  been reported in Ekpoma, Ehor and Igieduma.

He said  a combined team of experts drawn from the WHO and CDC are working with the  Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital and the Edo State Epidemiology Team to contain the disease.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr Aanu Fakunle, said  primary health care centres in  the state  had  been repositioned  to  respond.

She said, “Other measures include good sanitation,  as the virus is spread by mosquitoes. So, we encourage people to keep their environment clean by cutting the bushes, draining our gutters, wash their hands and maintain good hygiene.”

She  said some of the  symptoms of the virus  are  fever, chills, muscle ache, nose bleeding, diarrhoea. Fakunle added, “Blood samples are then sent to a WHO reference laboratory for confirmation after initial suspicion.”

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