The federal government will begin a preventive yellow fever immunization campaign in two high-risk states, Rivers and Anambra. The campaign will be conducted in partnership with the World Health Organization, Gavi, and the Vaccine Alliance and is targeted towards the elimination of the disease in the country. This is part of the government’s efforts to reduce the prevalence of the deadly infectious disease . The campaign is aimed at reaching nearly 12 million persons in Rivers and Anambra states.
The Director for Disease Control and Immunization, NPHCDA, Dr. Joseph Oteri, said “protection against yellow fever for life is the ultimate goal”. The vaccine confers lifelong protection and is the most effective tool to prevent outbreaks of this potentially deadly disease.
To protect Nigerians and eradicate the disease from the country, the preventive vaccine has become a necessary measure as yellow fever is vaccine-preventable. Yellow fever is a viral infection transmitted by infected mosquitoes. The infection can cause serious disease, including fever and jaundice (yellowing of the eyes) and can even lead to death. The country has since 2017 embarked on preventive and reactive campaigns.