FCTA commences Mass Vaccination Campaign against Yellow Fever

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By Friday Obande

The Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, says it will commence Yellow Fever Preventive Mass Vaccination Campaign from November 24th to December 4th 2018.

The Acting Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat in FCT, Malam Bappah Adamu made this known while briefing journalists in Abuja, Nigeria.

The Secretary said that the Mass campaign is based on the 2018 risk assessment which identified twenty states and FCT as high risk states.

Malam Bappah noted that the phase one of the yellow fever vaccination campaign was completed in 2014, and it targeted three states of Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Nasarawa in which 10.4m people were covered.

According to him”, the disease is caused by yellow fever virus and is spread by the bite of primarily an infested female Aedes aegypti mosquito a type of mosquito found throughout the topics and subtropics”.

” There is a safe and effective vaccine for the prevention of yellow fever exoected to be administered routinely to all babies at nine months of age in line with the National Routine Immunisation Schedule. Some countries require vaccinations for travellers. Other efforts to prevent infection include prevention bites from the infested mosquitoes and reducing the population of the transmitting mosquito. Early diagnosis of cases and immunisation of large parts of the population are important to prevent outbreaks”, he emphasied.

Malam Bappah added that the National Primary Health-Care Development Agency with the support of donor partners particularly UNICEF and WHO is embarking on a phased yellow fever preventive mass vaccination campaign.

“In this phase, six states including FCT are scheduled to implement from Nov 24th to December 7th, 2018″, Malam Bappah stated.

The Secretary said that the Goal of the yellow fever preventive mass vaccination campaign is to reduce yellow fever transmission by achieving ninety-five percent coverage in implementing states and local government area, in line with the strategy for the elimination of yellow epidemics by 2026

He further revealed that, this year, 2018, five cases of yellow fever have been confirmed with three deaths out of fifteen reported cases in the FCT.

The Secretary who disclosed that the target population to be vaccinated in the FCT is 3,293,438 that is 85 percent of the total population also stressed that 1,342 that is including 171 special teams.

Malam Bappah added that the exercise will take place at all government Health Facilities and temporary posts in chiefs’ palaces and other places in the communities while outreach teams will vaccinate eligible persons in churches, schools and other institutions including barracks and prisons.

He hinted that the administration will use the vaccination campaign to strengthen the health system and immunisation programme in the FCT.

” Also we will strenthen the pharmaco-vigilance system for monitoring adverse events following immunisation as well as implement a high quality vaccination campaign…
[17:06, 11/22/2018] +234 813 855 9513: SDS trains 100 youth on satellite installation

The FCT Administration through the Social Development Secretariat (SDS) has facilitated the training of no fewer than one hundred youth on satellite installation.

The youth drawn from various community and faith based orgnisations in FCT actively participated in the 3-Day training, which started Wednesday, at the FCT Ultra-modern Youths Support
Centre, in Nyanya-Abuja.

Declaring the training open, SDS Secretary, Barrister, Amanda Pam, said the free training was organised in partnership with Dafio V-Sat
Tech.

Represented by the director of youth development department in the
secretariat, Mr. Ereodichukwu Anulunko,Pam stressed the need called youth to always learn a skill of their choice to avoid roaming the streets for
non-existing jobs.

He: “The essence of the programme is to motivate young people to take to vocational skills, which will be fetching them income, to make them self-reliant and be gainfully employed, thereby helping to tackle the challenges of unemployment in the society.

“From time to time, we organize skill acquisition programmes for young people and other members of the society, in order to widen their capacity in terms economic empowerment, we will continue to do so once there is fund.”

On the criteria used in picking the beneficiaries, he said there is an existing structure such as community faith based youth organisations, voluntary groups in SDS, through which youth are selected and mobilized for any empowerment programme in the FCT.

The SDS therefore advised the trainees to ensure to make the best use of the opportunity that has been provided to them, so that it would not be a waste for themselves and the government.

Earlier in a welcome address, the deputy director, youth development,
Mrs. Hajarat Alayande, called on participants to make maximum use of
the opportunities provided by the administration to better their
lives, and so contribute to the wellbeing of FCT and Nigeria at large.

Alayande disclosed that the centre, which is hosting the event, is one
of the numerous expressions of the administration’s committed towards
equipping youths to actualize their dreams, create jobs and positively
contribute to national growth.

Also speaking, the managing director of Dafio V-Sat Tech, Daniel
Effiong, stated that the training would enhance the earning capacity
and create a better platform of business networking for the life of
participants.

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