SELYA YARNAP, Bauchi
In its effort to curtail the spread of Yellow fever outbreak in Bauchi State, about 500, 000 people in Alkaleri and Tafawa Balewa local governments of the state are to be immunised.
The state Governor Bala Mohammed revealed this at the flag off of aerial spray of Quella birds, mosquitoes and reactive vaccination in response to Yellow fever, held at the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi.
According to him, the flag off exercise which involved spray of affected areas and vaccination against Yellow fever, was a testimony of the commitment of the administration to health issues and response to emergency.
The vaccination, he said, would be conducted for people in high risk areas of Alkaleri and Tafawa Balewa local government areas and urged people living there to come forward to be vaccinated.
Speaking on the arial spray of Quella birds, he expressed concern at the menace of the birds on farm produce, commending the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for providing aircraft to be used to spray 38 rusty sites
“The aircraft came at the needed time. We are leveraging on the Federal Government”s gesture to use the aircraft to spray the areas where the vector carrying Yellow Fever are believed to be”, he said.
The Governor said his administration would continue to give priority to health and preventive medicine hence the declaration of State of emergency in the health sector and increase of the health budget to 16 per cent in the 2019 State Budget.
As a demonstration of the commitment of his administration to health sector, he said he has paid N200 million by the state government as counterpart funds to the Mellinda and Bill Gates and Dangote Foundation, UNICEF and USAID.
Governor Mohammed added, “Despite the state of emergency to reposition the health sector, indices such as the rates of Infant and maternal mortality are worrisome. I have therefore given marching order to the Commissioner of Health to convene a Health Summit to enable us know the gaps”.
The Director of the state Primary Health Care Developments, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, in his address, commended the Governor for the quick response to curtailing the disease.
Following the out break, he said that the state government set up an Emergency Operation Centre in collaboration with partners such as the WHO, NCDC, UNICEF, FMOH among other partners which helped curtait the spread of Yellow Fever outbreak in the state.
He commended traditional rulers in the state particularly the Emir of Dass, His Royal Highness Bilyaminu Othman for creating awareness among their subjects regarding the out break of Yellow Fever in parts of the state .
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