TO contain the spread of yellow fever in Enugu State, the government, on Thursday announced that it had commenced vaccination of 922,463 residents in the three council areas, where outbreak had been confirmed.
Executive Secretary, Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA), Dr George Ugwu, who disclosed this to journalists in his office, said three council areas, where the vaccination had commenced, are Nsukka, Igbo-Eze North and Isi-Uzo.
Ugwu gave the breakdown of the numbers to be vaccinated as Igboeze North – 333,551 residents; Nsukka – 398,094 residents and Isi-Uzo – 190,818 residents respectively.
He added that the figure mentioned in each council area represented 85 per cent of the entire population.
Ugwu said that the massive vaccination was meant for people between the ages nine months and 44 years; adding that everyone within this mentioned age range was expected to receive the vaccination in the three council areas.
The executive secretary said that after the ongoing massive vaccination in the affected council areas, there would be escalation of mass vaccination to about 10 neighbouring council areas, before the entire state yellow fever vaccination would come.