LAWMAKERS URGE GOVERNMENT TO ENLIGHTEN PUBLIC ON PREVENTIVE MEASURES FOR YELLOW FEVER
By Anastacia Agunwa :
Awka, Nov. 29, 2019 (MOI) Anambra State House of Assembly has urged the state government to prevail on relevant health authorities to intensify public enlightenment campaigns on preventive measures for yellow fever epidemic in the state.
This is sequel to a motion sponsored by Mr Onyebuchi Offor representing Ekwusigo Constituency during plenary. The motion was seconded by Mr Somtochukwu Udeze representing Ogbaru 11 Constituency on Nov. 26.
The motion, which was resolved through voice vote, was unanimously adopted by the entire House.
Speaker, Mr Uchenna Okafor, who presided over the plenary, said that proper enlightenment on yellow fever campaigns should be carried out to ensure its prevention in the state.
Speaking on the motion, Mr Offor described yellow fever as an acute viral hemorrhagic disease, transmitted by infected mosquitoes.
According to him, when transmitted to humans, the yellow fever can damage the liver and other internal organs and be potentially fatal.
He listed symptoms of yellow fever to include yellowness of the eyes, sudden fever, headaches, muscle pains, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.
``Since May, more than 55 suspected cases have been reported across eight Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Ebonyi State, with the latest prevalent in Iza LGA.
``The outbreak has resulted in high number of deaths as 20 of the suspected cases have died,’’ Offor said.
The legislator stressed the need to carryout yellow fever public enlightenment campaigns in order to educate the populace on preventive measures, personal hygiene and yellow fever vaccination.
He noted concerns as there was no cure for yellow fever, saying that the only treatment available was management and alleviation of the symptoms.
``Yellow fever vaccines can offer lifelong immunity against the disease and are available for free in primary healthcare centres.
``In addition to the vaccines, public is advised to keep their environment clean, free from stagnant water to discourage the breeding of mosquitoes, use of insecticide and mosquito nets,’’ he emphasised.
Lawmakers who spoke in favour of the motion are Mr Nnamdi Okafor (Awka South), Mr Tim Ifedioramma (Njikoka 1), Mr Carter Umeh (Aguata 1) and Mr Obinna Emeneka representing Anambra East constituency.
The lawmakers urged Ndi Anambra to take
precaution to prevent outbreak of the fever in the state, saying, ``it is a
silent killer that can come unannounced and can kill instantly’’. (MOI)