Lassa fever kills 19 in Bauchi in 11 months

Tessy Igomu

Chairman of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, says Lassa fever has killed no less than 19 people between January and November 2020 in Toro and Tafawa Balewa local government areas of Bauchi State.

He said this on Wednesday while giving an update of the Lassa and yellow fever outbreaks in the state.

Mohammed said the state had already received four million doses of yellow fever vaccines from the Federal Government.

The BASPHCDA chairman said vaccination would commence in January 2021, and is targeted at the most vulnerable population that falls within the age range of one to 44.

He explained that it would be conducted in 19 local government areas of the state, except in Alkaleri, which had its vaccination in 2019 due to the outbreak there.

Muhammed said efforts were ongoing to ensure that yellow fever outbreak doesn’t spread to other local government areas, as well as neighbouring states of Kano and Jigawa.

He, however, bemoaned the apathy displayed by the people towards the disease, noting that they have refused to be vaccinated despite enlightenment and education programmes embarked upon by the agency.

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