Flood Sub­merges 450 Rice Farms in Kwara

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The two pa­tients di­ag­nosed with yel­low fever in Oro-Ago in Ifelo­dun Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Kwara State are now med­i­cally sta­ble. Dr Khadee­jah Kamaldeen of the Kwara State Epi­demi­ol­ogy Unit made the con­fir­ma­tion in an in­ter­view with news­men in Ilorin.

Kamaldeen said that the pa­tients are re­spond­ing to treat­ment and are ex­pected to make full re­cov­ery.

The Epi­demi­ol­o­gist said ear­lier con­fir­ma­tion of the yel­low fever cases were di­ag­nosed in La­gos Uni­ver­sity Teach­ing Hospi­tal (LUTH).

She said that sam­ples were ad­di­tion­ally sent to Dakar, Sene­gal for fur­ther con­fir­ma­tion that proved pos­i­tive.

Kamaldeen ex­plained that yel­low fever is a vac­cine pre­ventable dis­ease and urged res­i­dents to go for vac­ci­na­tion against it.

She ap­pealed to moth­ers across the state to pay spe­cial at­ten­tion to vac­ci­na­tion of their chil­dren.

Ac­cord­ing to her, the state gov­ern­ment needed more sup­port from part­ners in terms of vac­ci­na­tion lo­gis­tics for yel­low fever to al­low for wider cov­er­age of the state.

Kamaldeen said the symp­toms for yel­low fever are fever, headache, vom­it­ing and fa­tigue, while in ex­treme cases there are emis­sion of blood from vic­tim’s mouth and nose like Lassa fever.

She added that yel­low fever is not con­ta­gious but ad­vised any­one with such symp­toms to re­port to the state Min­istry of Health.

The epi­demi­ol­o­gist also ad­vised peo­ple to use long last­ing in­sec­ti­ci­dal nets and mos­quito re­pel­lents to pre­vent yel­low Fever. (NAN)

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