WES confirms 57 suspected cases of yellow fever
Western Equatoria has registered 57 suspected cases of yellow fever since its outbreak, said the state minister of health, James Abdallah.
Speaking to The City Review on Tuesday, Abdullah said that the situation is still not improving due to the delay of the vaccination in the state.
“The cases are still up to 57, including children, since the minister of health declared the outbreak of yellow fever last year, and they are under the isolation centre in the health facilities, and death cases stand at five,” he lamented.
According to Abdallah, the delay of syringes, which are in Juba, is a main challenge, adding that currently the vaccinators are trained on how to handle the medicine in the state.
“We have received the vaccine but are still waiting for things like syringes and yellow care for the vaccination to start from Juba,” Abdullah said.
He called on the National Ministry of Health to urgently send the remaining medical equipment from Juba to the state. He added that the ministry is delaying while the case has been identified, tested, and proven since December.
He noted that the launch of the vaccine was supposed to start in January this year to serve the people.
However, the official appealed to the citizens in the state to remain patient as the ministry is ready to deliver health services to them.
Last month, the national Ministry of Health announced the arrival of over 400,000 doses of the vaccine for yellow fever, which is supplied by the International Coordinating Group to respond to the outbreak of yellow fever in Western Equatoria State.
The vaccine would be distributed and rolled out in Western Equatoria State’s counties of Yambio, Nzara, and Tambura.
This came after the National Ministry of Health declared a yellow fever outbreak in Western Equatoria State last year.
According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, yellow fever is a virus that is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito.
Initial symptoms can include a sudden onset of fever, chills, severe headache, back pain, general body aches, nausea, vomiting, fatigue (feeling tired), and weakness.