Yellow Fever Patients In Kwara Are Stable - Doctor
Two recent cases of Yellow Fever reported in Kwara State are under control, an official of the hospital where the persons are receiving treatment said.
The patients were diagnosed in Oro-Ago in Ifelodun Local government area but they are now medically stable.
Dr Khadeejah Kamaldeen of the Kwara State Epidemiology Unit confirmed the stable state of the patients.
Kamaldeen told newsmen in Ilorin that the patients were responding to treatment and are expected to make full recovery.
Samples taken from the patients were tested at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and it was Yellow Fever positive.
After the test in Lagos, samples were additionally sent to Dakar, Senegal for further confirmation the results were also positive.
Kamaldeen explained that "Yellow Fever is a vaccine preventable disease" and urged residents to go for vaccination.
Mothers in the state were also advised to pay special attention to vaccination of their children.
According to her, the state government needed more support from partners in terms of vaccination logistics for Yellow Fever to allow for wider coverage of the state.
Symptoms for Yellow Fever are fever, headache, vomiting and fatigue, while in extreme cases there are emission of blood from victim’s mouth and nose like Lassa fever.
It is not contagious, but the doctor advised anyone with such symptoms to report to the state Ministry of Health.
One way to prevent the disease is to use long lasting insecticidal nets and mosquito repellents.