Yellow fever has killed 172 people so far in Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization. This outbreak poses another challenge to the country’s health care system, as it links Africa’s most populous nation with the Covid-19 pandemic, multiple simultaneous outbreaks and the northeastern humanitarian crisis ’MOE.
Nigeria has been repeatedly turned yellow fever since 2017. The latest outbreak was detected in November, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said in Geneva. ” It has been held in five Nigerian states since 24 November: Delta, Enugu, Bauchi, Benue and Ebonyi he stated. A total of 530 suspected cases were reported, including 48 confirmed by laboratory tests. A total of 172 deaths were reported to be reported in 530 cases “Said Tarik Jasarevic.
A WHO spokesman said sample analyzes are underway at national reference laboratories. He added that national authorities were focusing on the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, limiting the human resources needed to conduct research and response activities to the yellow fever epidemic.
The ability to manage patients who develop symptoms and complications of yellow fever has increased in some hospitals. Currently, 16 of the 36 states in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory have carried out vaccination campaigns.
Another six are expected to be made in the first quarter of 2021, and another six are expected for next year, bringing the total to 28, the WHO said. The percentage of vaccines against yellow fever remains low in many parts of Africa, although the vaccine is almost 100% effective and relatively inexpensive. There is no specific treatment for yellow fever, which mosquitoes transmit a lot in urban areas.
Nigeria, like the rest of Africa, has so far been prevented from preventing the Coronavirus pandemic, but authorities are wary of the new wave. To date, more than 68,300 cases of Covid-19 have been reported and 1,179 deaths.