Don’t panic over yellow fever outbreak, Ebonyi govt. tells resident

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Ebonyi government has urged residents  not to panic over the reported yellow fever outbreak in the state.

Dr Daniel Umezurike, State Commissioner for Health,  gave the assurance on Monday in Abakaliki while addressing newsmen, urging the people to, however, observe all preventive measures for  the disease.

Umezurike urged residents  to disregard conflicting information on the number of causalities from the outbreak, stressing that  authentic figure of deaths from the disease was two.

“This briefing has become extremely necessary following headlines in almost all the newspapers and media houses that 16 people lost their lives from the disease’s outbreak in the state.

“We have thoroughly investigated the report and found it malicious, misleading to the public as we visited the reported communities and interviewed members of the public.

“We found that none of the media houses actually went to the communities and that the villagers innocently attributed every death within this period to the disease which some reporters quoted without authentic source,” he said.

The commissioner clarified the rumour of an unknown illness in Ndinwigwe, Ndingele ward of Izzi Local Government Area, noting  that the state’s Rapid Response Team (RRT) was deployed to the area to investigate.

“They discovered that a 34 year-old farmer was on admission in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) health facility with symptoms of fever and yellowness of the eyes.

“The index case, was a seven year old child who took ill on July 2, 2019 with similar symptoms of fever and yellowness of the eyes but was referred to the General Hospital, Iboko.

“Four samples from the victims were collected and sent to the Public Health Laboratory, Lagos but due to non availability of reagents, they were sent to national reference laboratory, Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire.

“Three of the samples tested positive to yellow fever on July 22, 2019 and the Nigerian Centre for Disease control (NCDC) consequently declared this an outbreak of yellow fever.

“The summary of the situation is that the state has recorded nine positive cases (three Polymerase Chain Reaction and six serology with two deaths,” he said.

He noted that six patients were presently on admission: three in Ndingele MDGs health facility, one in Iboko General Hospital and two in Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki.

“The disease which is transmitted by mosquitoes belonging to the eades and heamogogus genus, affects all ages with an incubation period of three to six days following bite from an infected mosquito.

“The disease symptoms which include jaundice fever, renal damage and haemorrhage, among others, can be prevented with use of mosquitoes barrier nursing, environmental cleanliness especially, removal of stagnant water,” he said.

Dr Kenneth Ugbala, Secretary to Ebonyi Government (SSG) said the government through the health ministry had  creditably curtailed the outbreak through drastic interventions.

“We should open our minds and get information that we can defend as the commissioner for health and his team should be quoted for the authentic information,” he said. (NAN)

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Owoson Biobele
3 months ago

if u panic u will die faster so dats a good advice


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Good update idea


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EDDY AJAH
3 months ago
,adequate immunization should be encouraged.salt of the nation.Godd is our strenght
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Maka T. Joshua
3 months ago

Don't panic ebonyi people 


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Otimayin Peter
3 months ago

Until u loss ur ppl baa


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Ikeorha Dabby
3 months ago

Niaja why this again


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Chriz
3 months ago

Niaja why this again


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Okpalaeke Samuel
3 months ago

God will surely protect is from the disease


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Ibrahim Abubakar
3 months ago

It's dangerous to people 


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Ike James
3 months ago

Ur knowledge


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Wisdom Nna
3 months ago

They will surely take care of it 


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Umetiti Victory
3 months ago

It has a cure


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Adeola Moses
3 months ago

No panic oooo


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Happiness Joy
3 months ago

We should be worried now because its an out break


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Peter Daniel
3 months ago
Do not panic for there is God.
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3 months ago

God will deliver us from that life threatening disease


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Good update 


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Egin Collins
3 months ago


 

They should do something fast
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Hardy Cash
3 months ago

Everyone will be fine


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Lucky Friday
3 months ago


 

It wl finish
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