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Yellow Fever Ravages Bauchi, Kills 29

Twenty-nine people have died so far in Bauchi state following the outbreak of yellow fever, an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes.

Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (BSPHDA), gave the death toll on Thursday.

“We discovered 224 suspected cases, and 29 were confirmed dead, with 24 in Alkaleri local government, two in Bauchi local government, 1 in Darazo council area and two in Ningi local government,” he said.

Mohammed explained that the virus was first detected in Alkaleri council area in September, adding that efforts had since been stepped up to avoid further spread.

He said that government was doing everything possible to ensure that the disease did not spread to the state capital.

“That is why government has made efforts through vaccination of people living in the prone areas.

“Already, 500,000 doses of vaccines had been administered in Alkaleri and we are expecting 600,000 doses of vaccines to be administered in Ningi community,” he said.

According to the BSPHDA chairman, yellow fever is not a communicable disease, adding that it can only be transmitted through mosquitoes.

He urged communities to give early information to the authorities, especially when they noticed unusual happenings around them.

Mohammmed also urged the residents of the state not to reject vaccines, saying that this was the only way they could be free from the dreaded disease.

The “yellow” in the name refers to the jaundice that affects some patients. Symptoms of yellow fever include fever, headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.

Also, Dr David Udo-Umo, during his health talk titled: Healthy Living/Life Style in Retirement, advised the retirees to eat healthy and over three times in small proportion daily.

“You should eat at least one meal between breakfast and lunch, another between lunch and dinner.

“You should not eat out of hunger because you would eat excessively and when this happens, it causes indigestion,” he said.

Udo-Umo advised the prospective retirees to carry out regular check -up and engage in exercises such as walking frequently.

Mr Bello Abass, a retiree, lauded the commission for organising an all-encompassing seminar for the retirees.

“I have learnt that to have a successful retirement, one must manage his or herself, money and plan well.

“I have also learnt on what kind of food I should eat or avoid to improve my health and how to invest for my children’s future,” he said. (NAN)

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