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Yellow fever: Medical practitioner harps on preventive measures

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Dr Charles Nombagu, a medical practitioner, have recommended seven preventive measures to curb yellow fever in the country.


Nombagu, a medical practitioner at the Police Hospital, Ado, Ekiti State, gave the advice on a phone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said: “There are certain preventive measures that could reduce the risk of contacting yellow fever this season.

“Protecting yourself from mosquito bites, wearing clothes that cover up every part of the body to avoid bites like long sleeves, long pants, gloves, etc.

“Using of insecticides to kill all the mosquitoes in the home, use of treated mosquito nets in the room when sleeping.

“Staying in a clean environment and in well air conditioned rooms and most importantly we should get vaccinated against the disease.’’

He also advised Nigerians to always keep desist from disposing water in front of their homes as that is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The physician warned that yellow fever when in contact with humans could damage internal organs.

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Nombagu described yellow fever as an acute viral haemorrhagic disease that is transmitted by a particular species of mosquito.

He noted that persons from nine months through 60 years of age, living in an area that is infested with yellow fever is at a risk.

The expert also warned that people travelling to areas known to have this disease are at risk of contacting yellow fever too.

He explained that the ‘yellow’ attached to the ‘fever’ is simply because of the jaundice that affects patients.

Nombagu said: “There are different stages to the signs and symptoms of yellow fever.

“It usually begins with fever, muscle pain, shivers, nausea and vomiting as well loss of appetite at the early stage.

“Then it escalates to bleeding problems, headaches, back pain, abdominal pain, weakness, drowsiness, yellow skin and eye.’’

He therefore advised people to practice good personal hygiene in their home environment, wear clothes that cover up the body and lastly use insecticide. (NAN)

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