It is the beginning of the Harmattan Season.
A season that we have learnt to associate with some diseases. It is the season when mosquito-borne diseases flourish. Yes, Yellow Fever like Malaria is transmitted by Mosquitoes – Aedes species.
So on this edition of Health News Watch, we remind us of all there is to know about Yellow Fever, and why international traveller must protect themselves.
Yellow Fever Strikes Nigeria Again
Already government have released a warning to the public on the latest outbreak. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has confirmed the outbreak of Yellow Fever in Edo State.
Yellow fever is a vaccine-preventable disease. Hence, all travellers who may wish to leave the country would have to get a Yellow Card.
READ ALSO: Why I Need An Original Yellow Card.
The confirmation came directly from none other than the Executive Director, NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, the outbreak was reported in four local government areas.
“On the 21st of November 2018, nine cases tested positive for yellow fever. We await confirmatory results from the WHO Regional Reference Laboratory…”
“The Edo State Epidemiology Team is working with the NCDC, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and World Health Organisation (WHO) to carry out a detailed investigation and response to the already confirmed cases…”
“Mr Ihekweazu also said NCDC has deployed a rapid response team to support the state with contact tracing, risk communications, and management of cases.
“There are ongoing plans to begin a vaccination campaign in the state in response to the cluster of cases.
The NMA President, Dr Francis Faduyile, made an appeal recently when he visited the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) in Abuja.
Faduyile said that the NMA was prepared for a better relationship with the nurses and always committed to the restoration of the lost glory between health workers, especially the doctors and nurses relationship.
He said that such collaboration would guarantee a better working relationship, quality healthcare service for patients and better working environment.
“It is true that nurses have not had the best of times over the years in the health sector. And that has pushed them to distance themselves from the doctors.
“By this visit, NMA is calling on nurses to return to the lost relationship that has been progressive and beneficial to both of us.
“It is important we ensure harmony within the health sector and better working environment,” he said.
According to him, everybody in the medical profession must key into the new spirit of togetherness and Nigerians must know that health workers are united.
Responding, Mr Abdrafiu Adeniji, the President of NANNM, commended NMA for the visit, while also acknowledging that without a harmonious and cordial relationship, the healthcare environment will not develop.
“We should be able to do it in a way that will not hamper the benefit of our patients.
“We are committed to team action and quality healthcare services to the healthcare consumers that we are employed to serve,” he said.