Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
The Kwara State Government tuesday confirmed two cases of yellow fever in Oro-Ago axis of Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state.
The state Commissioner for Health, Hon. Sulaiman Alege, while confirming the development during an interview with journalists in Ilorin, the state capital, said the two cases were identified after a laboratory analysis carried out at a virology unit in Lagos.
Alege noted that he had earlier led the state’s epidemiology team for pooling effort and investigation in the affected area and surrounding communities, and took samples of 38 people out of which two were confirmed positive to yellow fever.
He explained that a joint team from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, National Primary Health Care Development Agency and the World Health Organisation Country Office are already in the area for further analysis.
The commissioner admitted that the area is susceptible to such ailments due to the population and advised residents of the area and the state in general to take personal hygiene more seriously.
Alege who put the ages of the two patients at 10 and 12 said the government would strengthen its sensitisation programmes with a view to containing the spread of the ailment.