The Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency has confirmed the death of one person from Yellow Fever in Ningi Local Government Area, adding that the disease has spread to 12 local government areas of the state.
The Executive Secretary, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Rilwan Muhammed, who spoke with newsmen yesterday said, “now, we have suspected cases in 12 LGAs. We have taken samples from 224 persons and 29 tested positive to Yellow fever in Bauchi State, while one person is confirmed dead”.
Muhammed said the major challenge hindering control of the disease is delay in getting the laboratory results to confirm the disease.
“We take the samples to Dakar in Senegal for confirmation which takes between three to five weeks. The recent confirmed case in Ningi took up to five weeks before the result arrived and the person died before it came back’’, he said.
Muhammed further stated that; “another challenge in controlling the disease is the serious security problems. In one of the areas in Alkaleri LGA, where there were confirmed cases, officials from the ministry that went to vaccinate the locals were kidnapped and it took a lot of time and security intervention before they were released.
“In the recent outbreak in Ningi and Toro LGAs, especially the Burra and Lamai axis; we had to involve a lot of security personnel before we carried out investigation of the suspected cases in the areas’’.