There has been a new case of yellow fever in kwara and it has been confirmed by the Federal Ministry of Health, the sickness has been found in a young girl in Oke Owa community, Ifelodun local government area of Kwara State.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) carried out the laboratory diagnosis of the case while the Institute Pasteur, Dakar, Senegal confirmed it on September 12.
The minister made this known in a statement issued by Mrs Boade Akinola, Director Media and Public Relations of the ministry on Monday in Abuja.
The minister said that the State Epidemiology Team has begun an investigation in the affected area and surrounding communities following the confirmation of the case.
He added that government has deployed a joint team comprising the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, National Primary Health Care Development Agency and the World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Office to the state.
According to the minister, the team will support the state in carrying out a detailed investigation and risk analysis. “An Outbreak Control Team has been constituted to ensure rapid and coordinated decision-making,’’ he said.
Adewole also gave the assurance that all agencies of the Federal Ministry of Health and other partners would work together to support the state response programme in order to prevent further spread of the disease.
He added that a vaccination campaign would be carried out in the affected area to prevent the disease from further spreading to other areas.