Anambra vaccinates 5.5 million against yellow fever

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Anambra State has vaccinated about 5.5 million persons against yellow fever during the 10-day campaign against the disease, it was learnt.

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Commissioner for Health Dr Vincent Okpala stated this during the ministry’s budget defence before the House of Assembly Committee on Health.

Okpala said the vaccination, which began on October 30, has held in 19 councils, with the exception of Anambra West and Ayamelum due to flood. According to him, vaccinators visited public health facilities, educational institutions, churches and village squares, to ensure wide coverage.

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He said: “In two weeks, we have been able to vaccinate about 5.5 million residents in 19 of the 21 councils. We were unable to reach Anambra West and Ayamelum councils because of flooding but we began vaccination there on November 16.

“Our target is to vaccinate about six million people, and we hope to achieve that by the end of the exercise.”