The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) has warned that over 100 million Nigerians are at the risk of yellow fever infection due to government’s failure to conduct vaccination.
Discussing at a stakeholders’ meeting for yellow fever preventive campaign in Abuja, health experts say the disease outbreak is imminent as no mass vaccination has been conducted in the nation since the last outbreak 30 years ago.
Professor Oyewole Tomori, chairman Expert Review Committee on polio eradication and routine immunization said at the event that Nigeria is already endangered with a recent outbreak in nearby Cameroun.
Assessment survey of the country has marked 377 local government areas in 25 states are high risk areas.
“We are sitting on a tinderbox due to our population, if we have not done a mass vaccination campaign; it means we have a large number of people who are vulnerable,” Tomori said.
As pointed out by Tomori, Nigeria is the only country among 13 other West African countries yet to conduct mass vaccination. This puts the country at great risk as an outbreak was recently witnessed in six districts of Cameroun bordering Cross River State.