Yellow Fever Outbreak
The executive governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, flagged off the distribution of vaccines against Yellow Fever on Friday, December 3, 2020. The viral disease has claimed many lives in Delta State and some South-South states.
It is caused by a virus, which is borne by the specie of mosquito known as Aedes aegypti. More so, it can be found even in clean water.
The outbreak of Yellow Fever saw widespread deaths and campaigns against the deadly disease. Only an equally widespread distribution of a vaccine can save the people from this highly infectious scourge.
Interestingly, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is a medical doctor himself and he understands the importance of tackling this health crisis. Accordingly, people between the ages of 9 months and 44 years need to be vaccinated against the disease.
Symptoms of Yellow Fever
Symptoms of the disease may include; vomiting, headaches, back aches and general body aches. Besides, people can be infected without showing symptoms.
It takes two to three days for the virus symptoms to start showing. And truly, there is no cure or proper treatment for Yellow Fever. Hence, prevention remains the best option.
As earlier stated, the mosquitos that transmit it can be found even in clean water, a direct contrast to Malaria-causing mosquitos, that live in stagnant water.
Besides, Delta State has been battling the Covid-19 pandemic like every other Nigerian State; but now, it has to confront the Yellow Fever too.
As we launch this program in communities across our state, we will be setting up vaccination centers in various public institutions. In this regard, I urge all eligible Deltans to come out en-masse to maximize this opportunity by getting vaccinated. pic.twitter.com/tKbjOrkMjd
— Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa (@IAOkowa) December 3, 2020