The Enugu state government has confirmed that yellow fever is the cause of death from a reported strange disease in the Ette Uno and Umuopu parishes of Enugu Ezike city in the Igbo-Eze North government district of the state.
In a statement by the State Health Commissioner Dr. Emmanuel Ikechukwu Obi was found to have confirmed the disease “through verifiable diagnostic tests”.
Dr. Obi said, “Yellow fever is not a new disease, it is one of international and Nigerian public health concern,” adding that “it is one of the diseases that are controlled in the Nigerian range of routine and mass immunizable diseases.”
According to him, “a suspected case is someone with a sudden fever that develops jaundice (yellowing of the eyes) within 14 days, which can be checked by diagnostic tests”.
The health commissioner announced that “the Enugu State Department of Health has convened an immediate meeting of the Emergency Operations Center this morning at 10 a.m. with representatives from the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and other state enforcement partners to take specific next steps To effectively respond to and control this disease in the Igboeze North area and prevent its spread in Enugu State ”.
His words: “We are working with the Federal Ministry of Health and the nearby states to prevent its spread within Nigeria. General Hospital, Enugu Ezike, and other hospitals across the state stand ready to provide supportive care for yellow fever.
“It is transmitted by the Aedes or Haemogogus species of mosquito and causes symptoms within three to six days of infection that range from mild febrile illness in some to more toxic illness that unfortunately leads to death in others can. Only 15 percent of those infected enter this toxic phase.
“This is a time to seriously continue the hygiene practices we have become accustomed to due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while improving our environmental hygiene practices. Keep our surroundings clean and free of overgrown bushes. Make sure that containers and gutters around us do not collect water over a long period of time so that mosquitoes can multiply. We should protect our homes by screening doors and windows with nets, and ourselves by sleeping under mosquito nets and wearing clothes that limit mosquito bites.
“Especially if you recognize the above symptoms in yourself or a loved one, please go to the nearest hospital.”