The Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency has confirmed the outbreak of Yellow Fever
in Ningi local government area with the death of one person and the spread of the outbreak in 12 LGAs of the state.
The Executive Secretary, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Rilwan Muhammed, who gave the update of the disease in a chat with newsmen in Bauchi said that the outbreak started September last year.
“Now we have some suspected cases from 12 LGAs. We taken samples from 224 persons and 29 were confirmed positive yellow fever in Bauchi state.”
Muhammed revealed that the major challenge hindering the control of the spread of the disease is delay in getting the laboratory investigation results to confirm the disease, “we take the samples to Dakar in Senegal for confirmation which takes between three to five weeks. The recent confirmed case in Ningi takes up to five weeks before result arrived and the person died before the comes out.
He lamented the security challenge in controlling the disease in Bauchi, saying, ” One of the challenges in controlling the disease is the serious security problems. In one of the areas in Alkaleri LGA where there are confirmed cases officials from the ministry that went to vaccinates the locals were kidnapped and it took a lot time and security intervention before they were release. ”
He added, “in the recent outbreak in Ningi and Toro LGAs especially the Burra and Lamai axis, we have to involved a lot of security personnel before we carryout the investigation of the suspected cases in the areas. One of the problems confronting the control of the disease is security challenges.”
Our correspondent reports that with the latest causality in Ningi, it brought to 29, total lives lost since the outbreak of the Yellow Fever scourge in the state sometime in August.