Ebonyi State government yesterday said that not less than 16 persons have been confirmed dead and dozens still in critical conditions following the outbreak of yellow fever. Confirming the deaths to journalists in Abakaliki, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Chris Achi, said the incident took place in Ndungele community, Izzi council, noting that the news came to him through a native.
He told newsmen that mysterious deaths had been occurring in the area, adding that before now the ministry had sensitised the people in rural areas to notify them when they experience strange things. Achi advised residents to make use of health facilities in each of the 171 political wards in the state.
Meanwhile, medical experts have attributed the recurrence of Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDs) to the inability of government to control the disruption of the ecosystem through human activities.