Yellow fever: Zamfara to vaccinate 3.2 million indigenes - Commissioner

Yellow fever: Zamfara to vaccinate 3.2 million indigenes - Commissioner

- Lawal Liman, the Zamfara state commissioner for health says that his team has completed the first phase of the vaccination exercise across four local government in the state

- Liman, says that so far the exercise has met with massive success

- He urges stakeholders to further help in sensitising the public on the need for the yellow fever vaccine

Zamfara state government, according to Lawal Liman, the state commissioner for health, will vaccinate 3.2 million people during the ongoing yellow fever vaccination campaign.

Liman said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gusau, the state capital, on Monday that the vaccination would be conducted in partnership with the national primary health care development agency.

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Liman stated: “We have already concluded the first phase of the exercise which covers four local government areas of Anka, Gusau, Maru and Maradun and we have recorded great success.

“We are now on the second phase which would cover ten local government areas of Bungudu, Birnin-Magaji, Bakura, Bukkuyum, Gummi, Kaura-Namoda, Shinkafi Talata-Mafara, Tsafe and Zurmi.

“We started the second phase of this exercise last four days, we have reached about 40 percent coverage now and it would end in the next six days.”

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According to him, the vaccine is for the people from nine months to 45 years of age. The commissioner therefore urged residents to cooperate with the government for the success of the exercise.

He added: “The reports we are receiving from our officials on the fields is indicating that the exercise is moving smoothly, our people are participating across the state, we have been enlightening them through jingles, programmes on radio and television.

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“We are still calling on stakeholders to continue enlightening members of the public on the importance of the vaccine so as to achieve the desired objective.”

He assured the public that measures had been put in place by all stakeholders including development partners to help reach out to the targeted number of people or beyond at the end of the exercise.

Meanwhile, reported that the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in Zamfara had confirmed the abduction of two children of Yahaya Chado, the member representing Maradun/Bakura federal constituency at the House of Representatives.

It was reported that the police spokesperson in the state, DSP Mohammed Shehu, said in Gusau on Monday, January 22, that the children were abducted after the gunmen invaded the lawmaker’s home at Gora in Maradun local government area.

The report quoted Shehu as saying three persons were killed and four others wounded during the attack.

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