Bauchi State government has targeted about six million people from nine months to 44 years to be vaccinated against yellow fever, scheduled for eighteen to twenty eight of this month.
State Immunization Officer, Bakoji Ahmed made this known at a one-day orientation organised for journalists on Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign held at the Emergency Operation Center (EOC), Bauchi.
He said the State Primary Health Care Development Agency had so far secured over seven million doses of the vaccine in its cold store ready to be administered to the target population across the state.
The State Immunization Officer explained that the targeted population was eighty five percent, whose vulnerablity to yellow fever was very high.
Bakoji Ahmed called on the people of the state to cooperate with the agency’s staff who would be out to administer the vaccine with a view to protecting them against the disease.
According to him, prevention was the only way to go, as there was no specific treatment against the disease.
Bakoji Ahmed pointed out that the National Primary Healthcare Department Agency (NPHCDA) and the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency engaged two thousand, two hundred and sixty one teams to carry out the exercise.
Bakoji Ahmed however stated that the exercise would not take place in some few wards of Alkaleri, Bauchi, Kirfi and Tafawa Balewa local government areas due the fact that the exercise was conducted in the areas in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
In a paper presentation , the UNICEF’s Communication for Development Consultant, Seyi Nubi disclosed that already sensitization messages have been sent across the state to create Awareness so that the target population would be be reached.