El-Geneina — The Federal Health Minister, Bahr Abu Garda, announced the start of the vaccination campaign against the yellow fever epidemic in Darfur on Tuesday November 20, targeting 2.4 million people in Central, West and South Darfur, Radio Dabanga has learned.
Bahr Abu Garda, who arrived in El-Geneina on Saturday to visit the affected areas, announced to Radio Dabanga in an interview that the vaccination campaign will begin on Tuesday after arrival of the vaccines to Darfur.
The minister appeals to citizens in the states of Central and West Darfur, where the campaign will be started, to go to the vaccination centers and follow the necessary health instructions, he added to Radio Dabanga from El-Geneina.
On the other hand, he disclosed that the number of deaths as a result of the yellow fever epidemic has reached 110 on Saturday, adding that the total number of cases in West and South Darfur is now 358.
Abu Garda stated that all preparations were done in cooperation with the World Health Organization, including the preparation and equipment of blood banks in Nyala, El-Fasher, Zalingei and El-Geneina.
The minister noted that the disease seemed to be declining and appealed to citizens to go to the nearest health center as soon as any symptom of the disease emerges, he added to Radio Dabanga.
Comments: Some NRIs (Non resident Indians) from Africa are vary confident in stating that Yellow fever is not a problem in Africa, and this vaccination is just a formality.
As we can see from the above example, this is certainly not the case. The ‘trend’ of taking the vaccination just a couple of days before traveling should be actively discouraged among travelers to these countries.