Executive Director of Kogi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (KSPHCDA), Dr. Abubakar Yakubu, has assured that the state will be free of yellow fever disease for the next 40 years.
He gave the indication yesterday during his maiden press conference on in Lokoja.
To prevent the outbreak of the dreaded disease in the state in the next 40 years, Yakubu said that the Agency in collaboration with the Health Ministry and World Health Organization (WHO) and other development partners had conducted yellow fever reactive vaccination across the state.
He disclosed that in the course of the continuous investigation on vaccination and feedback on yellow fever outbreak in the state, the agency scaled up the vaccination to cover all the 21 local government in the state.
According to him, WHO was impressed and scored the state high on the success of the exercise saying, “All things being equal, we don’t expect any yellow fever outbreak in Kogi State in the next 40 years.”
The agency, he revealed, also held Maternal, Newborn and Child Week and conducted Cerebrospinal Meningitis vaccination in parts of the state in November, last year as part of efforts to boost primary healthcare delivery at the grassroots.
Abubakar said the agency, only last week, inaugurated 21 Routine Immunization Officers (RIOs) as staff of Local Government Emergency Routine Immunization Coordinating Centre (LERICC).
The intervention, he said, would go a long way in improving immunization coverage and check preventable child killer diseases and as well, prevent morbidity and mortality in the state.
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