Yellow fever outbreak: Death toll rises to 25

The Ghana Health Service says 25 people have so far died from the recent outbreak of Yellow Fever in Savannah and Upper West Regions.

A statement signed by the Director-General, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Tuesday, said 18 persons were also on admission.

The outbreak, which was initially detected in the Savannah Region, has now spread to the Wa East District of the Upper West Region, the statement added.

The GHS on the 29th October 2021 notified the public of an outbreak of Yellow Fever in some districts in the Savannah Region, with eight deaths reported.

The outbreak was confirmed after initial laboratory test results were conducted by the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research and the National Public Health Reference Laboratory.

The GHS, subsequently, dispatched a team of experts from the service, World Health Organization Country Office, and the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) to the region to support the region investigate the outbreak and implement appropriate control measures.

The statement said the team, among others, assessed the of risk of Yellow Fever transmission based on the population of the vector responsible for transmitting yellow fever – the aides mosquito.

It said following the findings of the team, the service has implemented several interventions, including targeted vaccination of selected communities for Yellow Fever in the affected districts in a bid to keep the disease at bay.

As of 15th November 2021, more than 43,615 persons had been vaccinated in the Savannah Region as part of the intervention.

The GHS said it has also dispatched 50,300 doses of Yellow Fever vaccines from its Headquarters with support from the Ghana Air Force to the Regional Health Directorate for onward distribution to the selected districts for vaccination.

The service assured that together with the Ministry of Health it would continue to engage partners, such as the WHO and CDC, to ensure that the outbreak was brought under full control.

“The Ghana Health Service will continue with efforts aimed at improving outcomes for persons who are unfortunately affected, while continuing with the vaccination drive to improve the immunity of the population against Yellow Fever,” it added.

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