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Yellow fever kills nine in Edo

The Edo State Government said on Wednesday  nine  persons  were killed by  yellow fever  in the state.

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The Commissioner for Health, Dr David Osifo, disclosed this during an audience participatory programme on a Benin radio station.

He also confirmed that 10 local government areas  had been  affected by  the disease so far.

He said, “Already, nine persons have been reported dead so far since the epidemic was first reported.”

According to Osifo, seven persons who tested positive  for  yellow fever  could not make it to hospital before they died.

The commissioner,  who did not  name those who died in the affected local government areas, however said  the victims  were  between 14 and 20 years.

He said, “We have recorded nine cases of yellow fever. The disease has spread to 10 LGAs out of the 18 LGAs in Edo State.

“Late arrival is the problem we have. We have informed the Minister of Health.”

Osifo  said  the Federal Ministry of Health had  promised to provide more vaccines, while health workers had been directed  to adequately respond to suspected yellow fever cases.

He urged  residents of the state, particularly rural dwellers and farmers to embrace sanitary practices and be properly kitted whenever going to  their farms to prevent the disease from affecting them.

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