The Borno State Government will partner the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF to vaccinate 1.2 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) against yellow fever which is a viral hemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes and it has claimed 45 lives presently.
Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, the representative of WHO in Nigeria said even though there is no outbreak of Yellow Fever in the state, vaccinating displaced persons is of public health importance to protect them.
The IDPs are most-at-risk, as they live in high-risk conditions and to prevent the spread of yellow fever, if there was an outbreak.
Mohammed Fall, the UNICEF Country Representative disclosed this during the weekend in Maiduguri and he said that the targeted people in this phase II exercise are in various camps and host communities of Borno state and the two UN agencies and other partners are supporting the Borno Ministry of Health to vaccinate over 1.2 million persons across 57 wards in 25 Local Government councils.
According to him, over 3,000 WHO-trained volunteers, senior supervisors, monitors, healthcare workers and community leaders, will immunize the IDPs between the age of nine months and 45 years old. He said the massive vaccination centres are designated at health facilities in camps and host communities.
This exercise started on 5th February and will end on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.